test Hickinbotham Syrah 2015 | Clarendon Hills

Hickinbotham Syrah 2015


  • Description

    Colour: Blackened crimson.

    Nose: Asian spice, white pepper and roast meat notes emit from the deeply layered and multi faceted nose. Opening further with blueberry, white chocolate and Roasted coffee bean. Its collection of refined and sophisticated characters offer a promise of many years of future extension.

    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. Still very primary at this stage of its youth, the blueberry fruit takes centres stage and velvety textures compliment the decadence of the experience.

    Alcohol: 14.5%

  • Reviews (3)
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    1. cru

      Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah flaunts a nose of cassis, blueberry compote and spearmint with touches of baking spices and licorice. Concentrated, full-bodied and generously fruit with tight-knit, minty, blackberry flavors, the flavors are supported by firm grainy tannins, lively acid and a long finish. Drink it 2014 to 2024+


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

    2. cru

      Dense, inky crimson-purple; black fruits, earth, tar, licorice and potent new French oak are evident on both the bouquet and palate, the latter with impressive tannins. At the present time, the least evolved and most unready of the ’10 range, but I have no fears for its future. Drink by 2040

      Date tasted: 24/12/2012


      James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    3. Alex Bratasiuk

      2018 Wine Advocate

      The 2015s from Clarendon Hills are terrific, and the 2015 Hickinbotham Syrah is no exception. It’s a full-bodied, velvety-textured beauty, with complex notes of dried spices, licorice, cracked pepper, blackberries and blueberries. This is breathtaking stuff that finishes really long and rich.

      96 Points

      Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate 2018 Interim-September Edition

  • 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 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
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 2020-2040
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.5
    PRODUCTION: 9,100 Bottles
    WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk

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