Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills' 'Grand Cru' classification.
This masculine and often tightly-wound expression is often dominated by harder-edged and powerful characters. Recessed and concentrated, this wine has a mineral under-fabric that accentuates the boldness of its understatement.
The 2005 Hickinbotham Syrah, highlights the quality of the fruit that is produced from forty-one year old vines, planted on hard clay and ironstone soil. This wine boasts a blackened crimson color as well as an amazing bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, black licorice and espresso. On the palate the wine has huge depth of concentrated black fruits and dark chocolate with fine grained tannins provide texture on the palate and a very rich and intense finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard is opaque purple-colored with aromas of crushed rocks, toasty oak, tar, licorice, bacon, blueberry, and blackberry. Muscular and large in scale, it will profit from a decade of cellaring and drink well through 2030. "
Wine Spectator - "Big, rich and juicy, with plum, blueberry and a range of sweet spices. The fine tannins wrap around the generous mouthful of flavors, which linger powerfully. A touch of coffee adds interest, and the finish just doesn't quit. Best from 2010 through 2020. 500 cases imported. "
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated purple. Powerful boysenberry, blueberry and licorice aromas are complicated by an amaro-like herbal bitterness, with a vanilla and mocha undercurrent adding another element. Broad, sweet and penetrating dark fruit flavors possess stunning density, with palate-saturating depth and power. Do you drink this or eat it? This displays a compellingly balanced shock-and-awe personality uniquely its own-another otherworldly example of this producer's style."
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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 with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes 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 most-planted grapes of the region. 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 region 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.
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4 ratings, 1 with review59/21/2011DK afa - Huntington Station, NY38/2/2011I was extremely disappointed with this wine. After giving it an hour to breathe, no improvement. While the wine was okay, it certainly was not worth the price. I found the initial taste to be rough like that of cough syrup, while the aftermath to taste like a $25 Shiraz. While I understand this is not Astralis, or for that matter Grange, for the amount of money paid I was expecting much better.54/23/2011
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.
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