Great shiraz does not have to be black as night, it does not have to be dense and it certainly does not have to be bold. This wine is much more syrah than shiraz, in a savoury, understated style. It is aromatically elegant, subtle and complex with baked earth, spice, aged meat, bay leaf and dark cherry fruits. If anything it is not as bright and youthful as other vintages at this young age. Despite its subtlety the wine is also concentrated and vibrant, particularly on the palate with quite ample tannins. There is an Hermitage-like minerality, balance and strength on the palate with charcoal complexity shining through on a muscular finish. A really fascinating and surprising expression of Henschke’s Hill of Grace vineyard. Wonderful wine.