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Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


  • Description

    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 breathes charisma and sophistication. A stunningly dense yet precociously balanced old world style that will evolve for another 40  years.

    Alcohol: 14.0%

  • Reviews (4)
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    1. cru

      Very deep purple-black in color, the 2010 Hickenbotham Cabernet Sauvignon is intensely scented of creme de cassis, blackberry preserves and plum compote with touches of menthol, cloves and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth with tons of black fruit, Chinese five spice and earth flavor layers supported by firm, finely grained tannins and lively acid, it finishes with great length. Drink it 2014 to 2024+.


      eRobertParker.com- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (February, 2013)

    2. cru

      Impenetrable colour; the bouquet offers pure cassis aromas, crushed leaf and a touch of black olive; the palate is full-bodied and almost painfully intense, with ample fine-grained tannins a feature; despite its weight, this wine remains light on its feet and captures both the varietal and regional identities with ease. Drink by 2035

      Date tasted: 18/1/2013


      James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    3. Alex Bratasiuk

      James Halliday on the 2013 Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon:

      This brings memories of Roman Bratasiuk’s first releases of his wines, comparing them to First Growth Bordeaux, but not reaping dividends. Had this been one of the wines in the comparison, it almost certainly would have done so. For any cabernet lover looking for a wine with a 30-40-year life, this stands alongside the best Australia has to offer. All of that said, be aware of the unbridled power of the wine. 14.5% alc.

    4. Alex Bratasiuk

      2018 Wine Advocate

      The 2015 Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon is dense, rich and super tannic. Impressive cassis and chocolate flavors play only a supporting role to the imposing structure at the moment, waiting and hoping for the opportunity to shine sometime after 2025.

      93+ Points

      Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate 2018

  • Winemakers Notes

    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
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 20020-2060
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.6 g/Lt pH: 3.5
    PRODUCTION: 7,450 Bottles

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