2007 Hill of Grace release marks the 50th vintage of the HIll of Grace
The 2007 Hill of Grace marks five decades since the release of this iconic single-vineyard wine in 1958. To celebrate, Stephen and Prue held two amazing Hill of Grace-inspired events. The first was a lunch in Melbourne at the renowned Vue de Monde restaurant. Restaurateur and chef Shannon Bennett cooked an inspired menu in his innovative style, which focuses on using organic produce, to match the enviable wine list supplied by Henschke. The lucky 16 guests were treated to five different vintages of Hill of Grace - a representative from each of the decades - among other wines that Stephen brought out from the cellar. A highlight of the lunch was Shannon’s smoked kangaroo, berry and chocolate dish matched with the 1972 and 2009 Keyneton Euphonium.
The second lunch was held at the winery in Eden Valley, ‘the birthplace of Hill of Grace’. The guests arrived at the winery in 1957 Chevrolets, in homage to the decade that first produced Australia’s finest single-vineyard wine. Continuing the homage to the era, beloved Barossa chef Maggie Beer cooked up a retro-inspired menu, which included devils on horseback, vol-au-vent with lamb’s brains and duck à l’orange, all expertly matched to wines from each of the decades. However, it was Justine Henschke who stole the show in the end, in her original 1950s gown.
To bring the celebrations to a close, Stephen and Prue are planning a retrospective tasting later this year, to review all of the vintages over the 50-year history. While most of the vintages have been carefully stored here at the winery, there are two missing vintages: 1959 and 1960. Stephen and Prue are hoping that a collector will be willing to share one of these wines if they happen to have it in their cellar. If you are lucky enough to be the custodian of one of these vintages, please contact the winery on (08) 8564 8223 or Andrew Caillard at Langtons on (02) 9557 9100.