Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
|Region||Australia, South Australia, Clarendon|
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard is the most backward and Pauillac-like of this trio. Its inky/purple color is followed by gorgeous aromas of cedar, black currant liqueur, flowers, licorice, and a notion of new oak in the background. This full-throttle, powerful, concentrated, well-delineated Cabernet Sauvignon should be at its finest between 2010-2025.
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.
Dense, rich and chewy, with more red fruit than black, finishing more open in texture than it starts. Has refinement and finesse, but it's big. Best from 2007 through 2012. 900 cases made.