2014 The Peake Cabernet Shiraz


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. Named after the late Mr. Edward John Peake who established the first vineyard and orchard at Clarendon circa 1850.



This is the most immediately impressive, seductive, comforting luxury of the 2014 Hickinbotham wines. It reacts faster to an airing in the decanter, mellowing nicely, but may well outlive the three varietal wines. Not an accurate reflection of either of its component varieties, this is a drink of a different order again, like a variety all its own: something new that grew rather than any varieties old and blended.

The 2014 growing season in McLaren Vale is remembered as a warm vintage of extremes with hail in December, a heat wave in January and some heavy rain in February. However, March followed with milder conditions to allow concentration of flavour and ripeness to reach an ideal balance during grape maturation. The 2014’s show great ripeness and richness, depth and plushness. 

Tasting Notes