As you may know, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s wine list at The Fireplace is 300-strong and the proud recipient of Two Glasses in Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, 2017. To celebrate this accolade, we’re opening up the book and sharing chapters from our wine library – after all, a wine list is nothing without the in the know stories behind it.
Let’s start with a little history on one of Australia’s most iconic wine brands, and most definitely on our list of personal favourites, Henschke. The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on family run over six generations, each has built upon the foundations of Henschke. In more recent times, fourth-generation Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines at a time when blended wines and fortifieds were in vogue. His greatest legacy was the creation of Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s, Shiraz wines from Eden Valley that have captured the red wine world’s imagination.
Today, it is fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue at the helm, passionately upholding the family name and reputation. Their children Johann, Justin and Andreas, are all actively involved in helping Stephen and Prue explore new and exciting developments. Among these are organic and biodynamic principles that will enrich the land of their forebears and strengthen a future in winemaking for the generations to come.
While we have an incredible selection of Henschke wines in The Fireplace’s wine library, we recommend the exclusive ‘museum release’, 2006 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz. This release is extremely limited, perfect for a special occasion and the greatest pairing our lamb rump main could ask for.