Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard the Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2019 -3 pack 14% 750ml
Palate: 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.
There's a freight train of flavour here and while its brakes are hydraulic its momentum is enormous. For the love of grapes. A huge swerve and plum and blackcurrant flavour come drenched in cedar wood, mocha and vanilla, though its top notes of tobacco and bay shine throughout like the top edge of wave. Will you take a look at the nut-like tannin on this job? This has more texture than a biscuit, more command than a keyboard. It's sheer old-new-school Aussie red wine brilliance.Expert Review:Expert Review:
James Halliday- 96 Points. A nod to the Australian archetype with cabernet leading the way at 53% of the blend; yields oscillating across blocks between 3-5t/ha. Minimal messing about and assiduous attention to detail, as always. The shiraz adds sweetness and breadth to the Bordelais' austerity, imparting black plum, iodine, lilac and anise. The cabernet, clearly the authority with its chiselled countenance of currant, graphite and sage. A delicious meld. Sumptuous without being jammy. Taut, without being hollow. Extremely long. Ned Goodwin MW. James Halliday Wine Companion 2022, 13 August, 2021
The Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard covers a steep cut of country from the ridgetops above the village of Clarendon to the Onkaparinga River in the gorge below. Since its establishment in 1971, the Hickinbotham vineyard has become an integral part of Australia's wine heritage, supplying fruit to produce many of Australia's greatest wines. Breathing new life into this historic vineyard, Chris Carpenter and Peter Fraser are forging a new era of Hickinbotham's prestigious legacy; building upon and honoring the vineyard's acclaimed record.Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia