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Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah

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Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A dense, substantial and deeply powerful shiraz whose meaty, spicy and violet-like bouquet of concentrated dark plum, blackberry, cassis and briary aromas are neatly meshed with fresh chocolate/cedar oak and backed by earthy nuances. Its densely packed core of fruit reveals faint undertones of dried herbs and moves smooth and slowly down its firm, tight-fisted palate towards a lingering finish of mineral and savoury qualities.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Very deep crimson; the bouquet exudes black fruits, licorice and spice, coupled with cedary notes from 18 months' maturation in 85% new French oak; a massive wine on the palate, filled with blackberry fruit supported by strong tannins; relaxes a little with its spicy, savoury finish; 740 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A typical Australian shiraz with a very ripe, briary and almost porty presence of blackcurrants, blackberries, dark plums and dusty, cedary oak supported by firm but elegant, fine-grained tannins. Backed by suggestions of graphite, it's laced with nuances of mint and menthol and finishes with a fresh, brightly lit acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A full orchestra but also finely honed shiraz of balance and tightness. Initially dense, closed and brooding, its deep bouquet of dark berries, plums and dark chocolate reveals some aromatic vanilla oak influences and a scent of violets. It's long, smooth and persistent, steeped in pristine blackberry, plum and cola-like flavour and underpinned by fine-grained, crunchy tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A meaty, briary and spicy bouquet of deep red and black berries, musky oak and blueberries reveals undertones of dark chocolate-like oak and iodide. Backed by suggestions of mint, menthol and dark olives, its densely fruited, smooth and rather forward palate lacks great length, finishing with slightly cooked currant, raisin and treacle-like flavours, plus a hint of spirit and saltiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Unusually perfumed cassis fruit on the bouquet; a svelte palate, long and harmonious, with excellent fruit and oak balance and integration; ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Profoundly assertive and searingly concentrated, this sumptuous shiraz builds a massive presence on the palate but never loses its silkiness and charm, Rather closed, its dark and meaty aromas of berries and plums are cloaked by oaky influences of mocha and vanilla. Its rich, dark-fruited palate is coated by firm but velvet-like tannins and creamy oak. Backed by suggestions of mint, menthol and black olives, its impact lasts and lasts.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Pungent, spicy and smoky aromas of dark fruits, plums and red berries overlie earthy nuances of farm floor and meaty undertones. Profoundly intense, it's saturated with staining flavours of blackberries, briar, cassis and dark plums, tightly knit with chocolatey, meaty oak and firm, fine tannins. It finishes with wild, charcuterie like characters.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Top-class shiraz whose penetrative and slightly meaty aromas of dark small berries, plums and restrained cedar/vanilla oak overlie spicy nuances of cloves, cinnamon, white pepper and undergrowth. Smooth, elegant and seamless, the fine, tight-knit palate of intense berry fruits overlies nuances of dark olives and licorice. Framed by firm but fine-grained tannins, its elegant and tightly balanced.
Australian Wine Annual 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; an array of leafy/earthy / cedary / savoury aromas leads into a palate with good complexity and weight, a mix of blackberry and savoury fruit with definite overtones of Bordeaux; has considerable length and presence.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet has hints of hay and straw over ripe blackberry fruit; powerful black fruits are at the centre of a fairly austere palate, finishing with lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is rich and clean, with pronounced earthy shiraz varietal character. A substantial wine on the palate, with masses of dark cherry fruit and just a hint of spice; subtle oak and good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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