A SPECIAL drop from South Australia will grace the table of the Queen at Sunday lunch when an $800 bottle of Barossa shiraz accompanies a fillet of our finest beef.
The Queen, who arrived in Canberra last night, will be served 1994 Hill of Grace, the product of some of the state’s oldest vines tucked away in the rolling hills of the Barossa’s Eden Valley.
Details of the lunch at Government House have been closely guarded, with only a few of the 47 guests who will dine with Her Majesty revealed.
They include legendary actor and The King’s Speech star Geoffrey Rush.
The makers of Hill of Grace, Stephen and Prue Henschke, are not on that guest list.
The only downside to the proof their famous wine is in fact fit for a Queen is that they won’t be there to see so for themselves.
“We are delighted to hear that our Eden Valley ’94 Hill of Grace has been chosen as one the highlights of Australia for the Queen,” Mr Henschke said from the United States where he is attending a conference.
“The ’94 was an exceptional vintage in SA, wonderful fruit quality with superb flavours, structure and balance. This was one of our best years on record.
“It is drinking beautifully now and should do so for many years to come. Prue and I wish we could be there to share the moment!”
The Hill of Grace is perhaps Australia’s most famous single-vineyard wine and revered around the world by collectors of fine wine.