Following our lunch at Heggies, we headed to Henschke’s Hill of Grace vineyard. Most of South Australia has been spared exposure to phylloxera, so it was common for us to see signs like this.
Signs warning to keep out of vineyards without permission were common, too.
No exposure to phylloxera means that South Australia has some of the oldest commercial grapevines in the world.
The first wine we sampled was the 2006 Hill of Roses. The wine is named as a tribute to Johann Gottlieb Rosenzweig, one of the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers, whose name translates to “rose twig”.
Henschke considers 2006 an excellent vintage, with cellaring potential for the Hill of Roses up through 2026.
Cyril Henschke, the 4th generation, made the first single vineyard wine from the vines in the Grandfathers block in 1958. These original vines are now over 145 years old. The grapes are all hand-harvested and fermented in traditional open-top fermenters.
Don’t tell, but I preferred the 2006 Hill of Roses to the 2006 Hill of Grace. There was something about its brooding nature, or maybe I tend to root for the underdog.