Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Merlot 2001

Merlot from McLaren Vale, Australia

$42.99
Item No. 58441
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • W&S91

Winemaker's Notes

The wine has immense weight on the palate. Some may say this is a tad too big for a Merlot, and if you are looking for a light, fluffy soft Merlot then by-pass this elegant monster. There is a great chewy texture across the palate indicating low yielding fruit. The flavors extend for a very long time at the back of the palate, and as they start to wilt the tannin clicks in with chalky, powdery mouth-puckering characters that begs you to put the wine down for several more years. I would estimate that the wine needs at least another 10 years before reaching its peak, perhaps even 15 years.

Do try a bottle now and you'll no doubt agree to cellar the wine. If you are sampling a bottle in the near future grab a runny, gooey fully ripe brie style cheese and use the creamy unctuous texture to soften up the tannin structure.

Learn About Clarendon Hills Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About McLaren Vale

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 Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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