Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018

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James Halliday's Wine Companion
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Nick Stock
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Gary Walsh
SKU
HICS201811 UCAU
$169.99 Per item
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Although the individual components of this wine are mighty, the sum of the Peake’s parts is magnificent. The Cabernet shines aromatically with notes of blackberry pie and dark chocolate, while the Shiraz fills the mid-palate with black plum and toasty oak. Fine tannins and balanced acidity contribute to an incredibly long finish. The Peake continues to honor the legacy of this iconic Australian blend.
Although the individual components of this wine are mighty, the sum of the Peake’s parts is magnificent. The Cabernet shines aromatically with notes of blackberry pie and dark chocolate, while the Shiraz fills the mid-palate with black plum and toasty oak. Fine tannins and balanced acidity contribute to an incredibly long finish. The Peake continues to honor the legacy of this iconic Australian blend.

Scores & Reviews

99 / 100

James Halliday's Wine Companion

From vines planted in '71. Hand-picked, destemmed, fermented separately on skins for 18 days, matured for 15 months in high quality French barrels. The best shiraz and cabernet are selected to showcase this long-time Australian blend. If there's a better one, I haven't seen it. This is a beautiful wine, red and black fruits holding hands as they so brilliantly throw off the shackles of the hot vintage. Drink to: 2048

97 / 100

Nick Stock

Wow, this is a phenomenal expression of this majestic Clarendon vineyard and is aptly named as the pinnacle of the range. The intersection of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz is so seamless, a selection of the best (and oldest) parcels from this blend. The fact they are both grown in the same contoured vineyard cements a deep bond in this wine. Dark cherries, blackberries, mulberries and blackcurrants with a gently leafy edge. The oak is perfectly integrated. Power and precision on the palate. So well defined and brightly flavored with raspberries, red plums, blackberries and a deeper, black-cherry and dark-plum build into the finish. Just superb. Drink over the next 15+ years. Screw cap.

96+ / 100

Gary Walsh

It’s a seriously good wine. Its volume and silken mouthfeel announce themselves from the first sip but then the long chains of tannin, tobacco and dust and floral-like highlights, and compelling length serve to seal a quite wonderful deal. This is hearty, full-bodied Australian red wine in all its glory. It’s built on redcurrant, plum, blackcurrant and cloves and the mouthfeel/length combination here is really quite something.