Clarendon Hills `Hickinbotham` Grenache 2005 (3x 750ml), Clarendon. Cork

The Hickinbotham family are instrumental players in Australian wine history, and Alan Hickinbotham bought this estate in 1960.

Clarendon Hills sources wines from this stately vineyard to produce a single site Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and old-vine Grenache – all detailed by the Hickinbotham family name.

Richly compact soils provide depth and a vineyard unique signature across the varietal spectrum

Highly elevated in the sub district of Clarendon - the vines ripen later than most and develop individuality as a result

Dry grown vines planted in 1960 are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.

Overview

The Hickinbotham family are instrumental players in Australian wine history, and Alan Hickinbotham bought this estate in 1960.

Clarendon Hills sources wines from this stately vineyard to produce a single site Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and old-vine Grenache – all detailed by the Hickinbotham family name.

Richly compact soils provide depth and a vineyard unique signature across the varietal spectrum

Highly elevated in the sub district of Clarendon - the vines ripen later than most and develop individuality as a result

Dry grown vines planted in 1960 are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The most backward and structured of the Cabernet offerings is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard sourced from 50-year-old vines. It is a glass-coating opaque purple with complex aromas of new oak, smoke, espresso roast, chocolate, blackberry, and black currant. Full-bodied, opulent and intensely flavored, the wine has great depth and enough structure to permit a decade of evolution. This lengthy effort should provide pleasure through 2035. Rating 97 - Drink to 2035, Jay Miller, Wine Advocate #173 (OCT/2007)