Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2003


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Alcohol: 14,5%

Grape(s): Syrah

Localization: McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Tasting Notes: Fabulous notes of melted licorice, smoke, asphalt, creme de cassis, and roasted jus de viande, this wine is full-bodied, dense yet remarkably elegant, well balanced. Hickinbotham Shiraz Vineyard was planted in 1965 on hard clay and ironstone soil again facing north into the Onkaparinga Valley.

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:  Notions of melted tar, blackberries, liquid minerals, and charcoal emerge from the inky/purple-colored 2003 Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard. Revealing a meaty richness along with great concentration, length, purity, and definition, it is a tour de force in winemaking. This amazing Syrah should age effortlessly for two decades. 

Notes: Older bottles of Hickinbotham Vineyard shiraz and grenache have proven to be among the most rewarding and cellar-worthy wines in the Clarendon Hills portfolio. The Hickinbotham Vineyard is located over 800 feet above sea level in the rolling hills north of McLaren Vale village. The altitude helps to moderate temperatures a bit during the hot summers providing that finesse that is typical of fruit from the area. Roman’s parcel of Grenache was planted in 1920 and these old vines contribute to the power lurking within the wines from this vineyard.

The DomainClarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.