(2008 Vintage) 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.
Wine & Spirits(2003 Vintage) One of McLaren Valersquo;s most astonishing Syrahs is Clarendon Hillsrsquo; amazing 2004 Syrah Hickinbotham. Itrsquo;s inky/blue/purple hue is accompanied by aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, smoked meats, melted licorice, coffee beans, graphite, and bacon fat. Extremely full-bodied, powerful, and rich, with moderately high tannin, huge structure as well as massive concentration and intensity, but a sense of elegance, balance, and equilibrium, it should be cellared for 2ndash;3 years, and drunk over the following two decades.
Decanter(1998 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Complex nose of pleasant mint, red and black fruits. Well balanced on the palate with elegant tannins, richness and fullness of fruit.
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 161 on Oct-05
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/06