Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyards

First planted in 1971 to dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Hickinbotham is situated on the high elevation hills of Clarendon, a sub-region along the northern edge of McLaren Vale in South Australia. The vineyard historically produced fruit for many of Australia’s most iconic producers but was not bottled under its own label until 2012. Led by winemakers Chris Carpenter and Peter Fraser (Yangarra Estate), and viticulturist Michael Lane, theHickinbothamwines continue its 50-year legacy.

Hickinbotham wines may be tasted and purchased at the Yangarra Cellar Door in McLaren Vale. Please call +61 8 8383 7459 or email sales@yangarra.com to make an appointment or purchase.

2019 Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon *

Cabernet Sauvignon grows in ideal conditions on the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard thanks to the combined influence of elevation, aspect, prevailing winds, weather and ancient soils. The ability to consistently retain expressive and fragrant aromas and obtain deep tannin ripeness with concentrated fresh flavors makes Trueman one of the estate’s most highly regarded wines. Violet, blueberry, purple olive and cedar aromas lead to rich blueberry, blackberry and plum flavors. Tannins are long and layered, delivering exceptional depth of flavour and a long, seamless impression that ages very well.

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2019 Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz *

Named for the street on which the vineyard is located, Brooks Road Shiraz exhibits the compelling single site character of the vineyard. It marries red, blue and black fruit aromas with perfumed and savoury elements and captures the full flavour of Shiraz with deeply ripe plum and blackberry fruits. The powerful and defined tannins are balanced with even-paced acid structure which accentuates length of flavour and delivers a sense of sustained purity on the palate.

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2018 Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz*

Listed in the Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2021.

2018 Brooks Road exhibits the compelling dynamic between savoury and fruit flavours which is textbook Shiraz from Clarendon. Sweet blueberry and rich red fruits interlace with notes of clove and menthol. The palate is expansive but pure, with a beautifully balanced acidity leading to a silky finish.

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2019 The Nest Cabernet Franc *

A pure Cabernet Franc, it expresses true varietal characteristics of red currant, red berry and leafy, bracken notes. The palate has a compact style with finely compressed tannins that create a smooth, almost polished texture. The enduring freshness, intensity and elegance of this wine are the defining characters.

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2019 The Revivalist Merlot *

Great Merlot is as elusive as it is seductive and when selecting parcels for The Revivalist we seek to craft a full expression of the variety. From the violet and red flower perfume to the soulful earthy aromas, ebulliently ripe fresh plum fruit flavors and suave fleshy tannins, we carefully layer this wine to a complex yet seamless style. The resounding freshness and lively acid structure ensures this wine is a lively, energetic and mouth-filling expression of Merlot.

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2019 The Peake Cabernet Shiraz *

Named after the late Mr. Edward John Peake who established the first vineyard and orchard at Clarendon circa 1850. Blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz is a famous part of Australian winemaking history and whilst 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, blueberry and dark chocolate and provides majestic, long tannin structure. Shiraz fills the mid-palate with red berry, blackberry and plum flavours and lightens and elevates the Cabernet just perfectly. Fine tannins, balanced acidity and an incredibly long finish are the hallmark characters of the vineyard that epitomise this, the estate’s flagship wine.

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