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2005 Clarendon Hills - Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / MCLAREN VALE
  • 97 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 47740-2005-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($75) Ruby-red. Slow-building, exotic bouquet of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, Cuban tobacco, violet and black pepper. Supple blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors gain depth with air, taking a liqueur-like dark berry turn but maintaining focus. Youthfully firm tannins add grip to the impressively long, juicy finish. Plenty sweet and seductive now but I'd give this some time in bottle to loosen up.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: September/October 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Beautifully focused plum and currant fruit ride on a bed of firm tannins and lively acidity, picking up an appealing layer of smoky oak as the finish lingers. Impressive for the purity of its fruit, without excess herbaceousness.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The most backward and structured of the Cabernet offerings is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard sourced from 50-year-old vines. It is a glass-coating opaque purple with complex aromas of new oak, smoke, espresso roast, chocolate, blackberry, and black currant. Full-bodied, opulent and intensely flavored, the wine has great depth and enough structure to permit a decade of evolution.
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: wineangelo
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Incredible cab in every way. Inky dark, brooding, earthy nose, rich, deep, beautiful, velvety, ripe black fruits, well-balanced, clean finish.
    Author: David P187
Owner Roman Bratasiuk shows a devotion to the simple tenets that yield some of the best Shiraz fruit grown in Australia. From the flagship Astralis vineyard, he hand-harvests fruit from over 75-year-old dry-farmed vines and allows the indigenous yeasts to work their magic. The resultant wine is unctuous and viscous, yet harmonized, and expresses those elements which define the essence of great Shiraz - black fruit, bramble, super concentrated cassis and spice, undercurrents of tobacco, coffee and licorice root.

Clarendon Hills also produces wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Semillon.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 102 bottles owned
  • 20 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 20 collectors)