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Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Shiraz

Wine Details

Varietal

Syrah

Style

Red

Region

ClarendonAustralia

Winemaker's Notes

(From 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.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 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
    (From 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
    (From 2004 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 161 on Oct-05
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/06