Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
Deep purpled crimson. Espresso, cigar tobacco, bitumen, Kalamata, cherry skins, sweet earthiness. Exceptional clarity within the multi-layered and complex expression. Each aspect of the composition complements and mutually defines the horizon of the savory profile. Ultimate example of restrained power- waves of integrated flavor within silky and modestly endowed extraction. Its recessed and ready for 25 years in the cellar. A hedonist's choice.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard is the most muscular and densely packed of the Cabernets. This opulent effort will evolve for a minimum of a decade and drink well through 2036."
International Wine Cellar - "Youthful purple. Powerfully scented, exotic aromas of dark berries, smoky Indian spices, incense and minerals. Structured and concentrated, with deep, sweet cassis and bitter cherry flavors supported by dusty tannins. Expands with air, becoming sweeter while maintaining impressive focus and chewy grip. An interesting sweet tobacco quality clings to the finish, which is sweet and strikingly persistent. At once powerful and balanced."
Clarendon Hills Winery
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved. View all Clarendon Hills Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review0 }div>Related ProductsWinemaker's Notes The Quilceda Creek 2006 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain A.V.A is from a vineyard partnership ...Exclusive Premiere Napa Valley Wine2012 Auction Lot #181: Only 5 cases produced"Winemaking begins in the vineyard" is much more than ...
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.