HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'BROOKS ROAD' SHIRAZ 2017

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Huon Hooke
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Gary Walsh
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James Halliday's Wine Companion
SKU
HISH201712 UCAU
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Grown on a block planted in 1971 and aged for 15 months in French oak. This is the most finely-structured and elegant of our three vintages of Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz. Aromas of blackberry, ripe fig, and Arabic coffee, then dried fruit, smoked almonds, red berries, plum, sniff of cherry jam. It retains an unlikely softness given its serious long-term potential; its silky elegance is deceptive: there’s enough form in this bottle to carry it for decades.
Grown on a block planted in 1971 and aged for 15 months in French oak. This is the most finely-structured and elegant of our three vintages of Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz. Aromas of blackberry, ripe fig, and Arabic coffee, then dried fruit, smoked almonds, red berries, plum, sniff of cherry jam. It retains an unlikely softness given its serious long-term potential; its silky elegance is deceptive: there’s enough form in this bottle to carry it for decades.

Scores & Reviews

96 / 100

Huon Hooke

The colour is deep red/purple, the bouquet fresh and highly aromatic, spicy and lifted, red cherry, raspberry, mixed spices - a terrifically detailed fragrance. It's medium-bodied and elegantly formed, with fine-grained tannins that are perfectly matched to the lighter weight of this vintage. An utterly delicious medium-bodied shiraz, intense, long and satisfying, but a far cry from traditional McLaren Vale shiraz off the flats.

95 / 100

Gary Walsh

Black and red fruit, thyme and spice, roasted meat, touch of liquorice. Medium-bodied, well-defined, freshness of/and flavour, grainy but persistent tannin, energy and length. A lot of character and interest. Really very good.

95 / 100

James Halliday's Wine Companion

50% destemmed, 50% retained as whole berry, the remainder crushed. While there is plenty of clove, cardamon and aniseed to Asian five-spice intrigue hidden behind the velour of plush cherry fruit, this is relatively forward in the context of the stable's wines. A lick of vanilla pod oak and a skein of peppery acidity wafts across the long tail.