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 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.
The Wine Advocate
"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. "
"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."
International Wine Cellar
I 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.