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2008 Clarendon Hills Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Clarendon Hills clarendonhills.com.au   details
Appellation: McLaren Vale - South Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$82.32
Alcohol %: 14.5
 
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rated (2007 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 29, 2014 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
93 points "The 2007 Syrah Hickinbotham has slightly muted aromas of mineral, underbrush, spice box, blackberry, and blueberry. On the palate it displays a stern personality with plenty of underlying structure and some austerity. It has excellent balance, depth, and length which will be fully exhibited in another 4-6 years. In a sign of the times, pricing for Roman Bratasiuk’s Clarendon Hills portfolio has been reduced by close to 50% across the board. Suddenly, most of the wines offer an excellent price to quality relationship. As usual, the Clarendon Hills wines are unblended, 100% varietal, sourced from mostly old-vine, ungrafted, single vineyards, fermented naturally, and bottled without fining or filtration. Only seasoned oak is used for the Grenache bottlings, 100% new French oak for the Merlot and Cabernets, and 50-100% new French oak for the Syrahs depending upon the cuvee. There is a new addition to the portfolio, a Mourvedre sourced from 12 year old vines and aged in 2 year old French oak. The year 2007 was more difficult than the three that preceded it, marked by a 45-50% reduction in crop levels and elevated tannin from the resulting thick skins. As Bratasiuk notes, “Tight, drying tannin is the hallmark of the vintage.” Nevertheless, this is an impressive collection from one of Australia’s icon wineries." Best 2012-2020
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 3, 2010 , Josh Raynolds, IWC
94 points " By Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 07 ($110) Saturated purple. Powerful boysenberry, blueberry and licorice aromas are complicated by an amaro-like herbal bitterness, with a vanilla and mocha undercurrent adding another element. Broad, sweet and penetrating dark fruit flavors possess stunning density, with palate-saturating depth and power. Do you drink this or eat it? This displays a compellingly balanced shock-and-awe personality uniquely its own-another otherworldly example of this producer's style. 94 points "
rated (2003 vintage, 750ml bottle) : April 30, 2005 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
93 points "Ripe in flavor, with a tangy balance to the plum and berry flavors, mingling with touches of pepper and citrus as the finish persists impressively. Best from 2008 through 2018. 900 cases made. (HS)" Best 2008-2018
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