Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Colour: Deep blackened crimson
Nose: An impressively sophisticated bouquet featuring powerful yet restrained varietal undertones has a lifted perfume that floats out the glass and lures the taster. The black fruit core is amazingly pure and awash with notes of graphite, incense and espresso crème; all the meanwhile a slight smokiness and mineral driven mystique engages the taster.
Palate: Despite the majesty and slightly closed composure the Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon offers a truly hedonistic experience early in its life with soft edges and engaging depth of character. Incredible balance carries the powerful yet classy intensity seamlessly. The polished and seductively complex tannins transmit a prolonged delivery of concentration with svelte–like definition. It just breathes charisma and aristocracy. A stunningly dense yet precociously balanced old world style that will evolve for another 40 years.
REGION: Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level. We pick 2-3 weeks later than McLaren Vale and enjoy longer, milder, more consistent ripening conditions.
CONDITIONS: Favourable 2009 winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding. The Hickinbotham vineyard is dry grown in rocky, red, ironstone rich soils. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit.
WINEMAKING: Dry grown vines planted in 1960 are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.
MATURATION: 18 months, 100% brand new, tight-grained French Oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
BEST DRINKING: 20020-2060
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.6 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 7,450 Bottles