Clarendon Hills `Hickinbotham` Syrah 2003 (3x 750ml), Clarendon. Cork

The Hickinbotham Vineyard is a relatively large Commercial vineyard that is situated in the Clarendon Hill region. The owners of the vineyard manage the operation according to the needs of their various clients which involve some of Australia’s big companies, such as Hardys and Penfolds. The original 1965 plantings are managed as a super premium vineyard, with the vines being planted on hard clay and ironstone soils. The vines are close planted, which forces each plant to compete for the available moisture and nutrients. Roman pays top dollar for his grapes from this vineyard, thus ensuring to get the quality he wants, and furthermore, pays for his own picking costs.

Overview

The Hickinbotham Vineyard is a relatively large Commercial vineyard that is situated in the Clarendon Hill region. The owners of the vineyard manage the operation according to the needs of their various clients which involve some of Australia’s big companies, such as Hardys and Penfolds. The original 1965 plantings are managed as a super premium vineyard, with the vines being planted on hard clay and ironstone soils. The vines are close planted, which forces each plant to compete for the available moisture and nutrients. Roman pays top dollar for his grapes from this vineyard, thus ensuring to get the quality he wants, and furthermore, pays for his own picking costs.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale

Expert Reviews

96 Points. Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate.31 October 2005

90 Points. Campbell Mattinson - Wine Front.1 January 2005

It’s so raw and pulpy you can almost feel a spritz across your tongue. Related to that rawness is a strenuous drive of cedary oak, which despite its quality distracts from the rich deliciousness of the fruit itself – which is substantial. It sings long and in the end the fruit wins out, the oak dying back as the wine sits in your glass. It’s all really quite beautiful, quite lipsmacking, quite easy to drink.