This embryonic 2010 Shiraz Hill of Grace is classically proportioned and built for the long haul. It shows wonderful intensity, precision and fruit focus as blackberry, graphite, black olive and coal fire aromas slowly emerge in the glass – each perfectly proportioned. It’s then firm and compact, still tightly wound with a deep reserve of muscular tannins that drive an exceptionally long, drying and sustained finish. This is a benchmark vintage.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2055
Cork closure. Subtle and yet intense. Lots of concentration. Still very youthful – and very South Australian. Intense and tarry. But savoury and promises well for the future, with toasted berries and minerals aplenty.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Robert Parker 99
Medium garnet in color, the 2010 Shiraz Hill of Grace reveals a slightly reticent yet beguiling nose of kirsch, dried mulberries and plum preserves with nuances of star anise, potpourri, cloves, dusty earth and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with youthfully taut, mouth-filling perfumed berry preserves and exotic spice flavors, the fruit is well framed by rounded, polished tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible length. It could still benefit from 2-4 years in bottle before entering its drinking window but is already stunning.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035