The Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard covers a steep cut of country from the ridgetops above the village of Clarendon to the Onkaparinga River in the gorge below. Since its establishment in 1971, the Hickinbotham vineyard has become an integral part of Australia’s wine heritage, supplying fruit to produce many of Australia’s greatest wines. Breathing new life into this historic vineyard, Chris Carpenter and Peter Fraser are forging a new era of Hickinbotham’s prestigious legacy; building upon and honoring the vineyard’s acclaimed record.
This isn’t released until July 2020 but if Australian cabernet shiraz blends are to your liking then this release is worth jumping on as soon as you can. It’s a seriously good wine. Its volume and silken mouthfeel announce themselves from the first sip but then the long chains of tannin, tobacco and dust and floral-like highlights, and compelling length serve to seal a quite wonderful deal. This is hearty, full-bodied Australian red wine in all its glory. It’s built on redcurrant, plum, blackcurrant and cloves and the mouthfeel/length combination here is really quite something. Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $175; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2040; Rated: 96+ Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Wow, this is a phenomenal expression of this majestic Clarendon vineyard and is aptly named as the pinnacle of the range. The intersection of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz is so seamless, a selection of the best (and oldest) parcels form this blend. The fact they are both grown in the same contoured vineyard cements a deep bond in this wine. Dark cherries, blackberries, mulberries and blackcurrants with a gently leafy edge. The oak is perfectly integrated. Power and precision on the palate. So well defined and brightly flavored with raspberries, red plums, blackberries and a deeper, black-cherry and dark-plum build into the finish. Just superb. Drink over the next 15+ years. Date Tasted: April 2020; Rating 97 Points; Nick Stock; James Suckling
From vines planted in '71. Hand-picked, destemmed, fermented separately on skins for 18 days, matured for 15 months in high quality French barrels. The best shiraz and cabernet are selected to showcase this long-time Australian blend. If there's a better one, I haven't seen it. This is a beautiful wine, red and black fruits holding hands as they so brilliantly throw off the shackles of the hot vintage. Drink to: 2048; Price: $175.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 99 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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