Hickinbotham Syrah 2014
Colour: Blackened crimson.
Nose: Asian spices and hints of white pepper emit from the otherwise low altitude, earthy expression thats integrated with Roasted cocoa beans and Belgian truffle lingering in the background. Leather and baking spices add complexity.
Palate: Polish and grace assist with tempering the muscularity and breadth of its expression. A harmonious coexistence of power and poise makes for a sequence of savoury character and texture that extends across the length of the finish.
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.
WINEMAKING: Low-medium yielding, dry grown vines 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, 85% brand new, tight-grained French Oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Syrah
BEST DRINKING: 20015-2039
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 9,100 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk