Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2003


South Australia, Australia

750ml / 14.5 ABV

Boutique Wine

Blend: 100% Syrah

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  Notions of melted tar, blackberries, liquid minerals, and charcoal emerge from the inky/purple-colored 2003 Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard. Revealing a meaty richness along with great concentration, length, purity, and definition, it is a tour de force in winemaking. This amazing Syrah should age effortlessly for two decades. 96+ (RP)   (10/2005)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

  This Syrah—yes, Syrah, not Shiraz—has a mouthfeel that will make you swear, or call out to your deity of choice. Just velvety-smooth on the palate, with plump plum fruit that tightens up on the finish, which reprises the peppery-herb notes that first showed on the nose. It's certainly nothing you'd kick out of bed now, but will probably taste even better in five or six years.   (3/2005)

93 points Wine Spectator

  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.   (4/2005)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Inky black-ruby. High-pitched, assertive aromas of blackberry, cassis, raw meat and cracked pepper, with a strong note of candied licorice. Bright and brisk on the palate, but with plenty of weight and texture. Intense flavors of kirsch and roasted coffee. Deep, powerful and heavily extracted on the long, supple finish. 92+ (JR)   (7/2005)

Fabulous notes of melted licorice, smoke, asphalt, creme de cassis and roasted jus de viande, this wine is full-bodied, dense yet remarkably elegant, well balanced. Hickinbotham Shiraz Vineyard planted in 1965 on hard clay and ironstone soil again facing north into the Onkaparinga Valley.
Grilled or roast beef, barbeque, oxtail, strong cheese. 


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Type: Red Wine



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