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Clarendon Hills
Hickinbotham Syrah 2007
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Single-Vineyard, Old-Vine Syrah from One of Australia's Best Producers! This is for lovers of deep, concentrated, smoky Syrah. Dark plum and blackberry are complemented by cracked pepper, toasted herbs, oak spice and minerality. Sensational with grilled meats, particularly lamb.
  93 Points - Wine Advocate!
"…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."

Original: $75.00
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  93 - Wine Advocate!
93 - James Halliday!
92 - Wine Spectator!
91 - Wine Enthusiast!
90 - Wine & Spirits!
UNIT SIZE 750.00 ml
GRAPE: Syrah
COUNTRY: Australia
REGION: South Australia
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah 2007
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2007 Clarendon Hills Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard
Clarendon Hills
A Syrah Dry Red Table wine from
Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Source: Wine Advocate #186Dec 2009
Reviewer: Jay Miller
Rating: 93
Maturity: Drink: 2009 - 2015
Current (Release) Cost: $75 (75)
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. Importer: E & J Gallo, Modesto, CA;
By James Halliday
Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Clarendon Syrah
Rating: 93
Drink By: 2030
Price: $120.00
Date Tasted: 27 Apr 2011
Alcohol: 14.50%
Winery: Clarendon Hills
Region: Mclaren Vale
Variety: Syrah
Vintage: 2007
James Halliday - Published on 11 Aug 2011
Medium to full red-purple, slightly turbid; an ultra-full-bodied wine, black fruits and tannins locked in an Indian arm wrestle with each other; the flavours are complex, but the wine does show the underlying character of the ’07 vintage.
By Wine Spectator
Syrah Clarendon Hickinbotham 2007
Score: 92
Release Price: $75
Country: Australia
Region: Australia
Issue: Jul 31, 2012
Ripe and fresh-tasting, with beautifully focused blackberry, plum and white pepper flavors, picking up a meaty, corned beef note as the finish sails on against lightly prickly tannins. Drink now through 2020.-HS
By Wine Enthusiast
Clarendon Hills 2007 Hickinbotham Syrah (Clarendon)
Price: $75
Designation: Hickinbotham
Varietal: Syrah, Shiraz/Syrah
Appellation: Clarendon, South Australia, Australia
Winery: Clarendon Hills
Alcohol: 14.50%
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Category: Red
Importer: Wine Brokers Unlimited
To Web: 3/1/2010
By Joe Czerwinski
The 2007 Hickinbotham comes across as tight and in need of additional cellaring. Right now, it’s showing only some subtle oak and spice framing dark fruit and earthy, savory notes. With its apparent richness and depth, give it until 2015 or so to come around, then drink it over the next 10 years. (3/1/2010) -91
By Wine & Spirits
90   Clarendon Hills   $110
Clarendon Hills 2007 Clarendon Hickinbotham Syrah
2007 Clarendon Hickinbotham Syrah The tannin comes first, but then the fruit comes on, with a fresh cranberry and floral blueberry flavor. This is dense, though not quite as heavy as some of the other '07s from Clarendon Hills. A toasty, black Shiraz suited to several years of bottle age, and then to grilled lamb.
E & J Gallo, Modesto, CA
By Clarendon Hills
Hickinbotham Syrah 2007
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. Founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990, the story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. Though never trained as a winemaker, Roman combined his scientific knowledge and artistic expression in the winery to create the single varietal wine portfolio of Clarendon Hills. Striving for pure vineyard and varietal expression, Clarendon Hills is dedicated to complex wines that rival the best in the world.
About the Wine
Our Clarendon Hills 2007 Hickinbotham Syrah opens with aromas of mineral iodine and graphite, quickly melding into crushed rock and eventually a floral perfume emerges. Lifted, polished characteristics are offered from the broad base of ambient red and black fruits. The expression really comes alive with airing. The densely structured palate has great clarity through naturally solid acidity. Acting almost like salt to cuisine, the acidity provides definition to the tidal surge of rich, dark varietal characteristics.
Viticulture Notes
The 2007 vintage in Clarendon was drier than usual, causing the vines to struggle and lowering overall crop yields. Harvest season was short and fast as the small berries and tight bunches ripened effectively under the late summer sun. The 2007 harvest resulted in well-structured and intensely concentrated grapes with tight, dry tannins.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes for our Hickinbotham Syrah were handpicked from low-yielding, dry-grown 47-year-old vines and gently destemmed before undergoing whole berry fermentation. We used wild yeast fermentation to increase the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration. This wine aged for 18 months in tight-grained French oak barrels, of which 90 percent were new and 10 percent were used.
Technical Details
Varietal Content: 100% Syrah
Varietal Origin: Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Alcohol Level: 14.50%
Titratable Acidity: 0.60g/100mL
pH: 3.65
[Info provided by Gallo]
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