THE WINES


“Clarendon Vineyard towers high above the surrounding objects, and appears, as it truly is, a gigantic pyramid of verdure. Its slopes and summits are clothed with luxuriant vines, and their dense and verdant foliage is unbroken by one barren spot, and unvaried by one foreign plant.”

Ebenezer Ward
Australia’s first Minister OF Agriculture
1862


The Peake Label

THE PEAKE

This is the most immediately impressive, seductive, comforting luxury of the 2014 Hickinbothams. 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.

ACCLAIM - 96 Points

Exceptionally potent and powerful, initially giving the (false) impression its alcohol is more than 14%. Retasting brings it back into perspective, the two varieties bonded, yet each preserving its varietal integrity and structural architecture. A classic Australian blend of exceptional quality, destined to outlive most who taste it.
- James Halliday, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, August 2016

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*The Peak is available in a 3-bottle gift set. Limit two sets per order.

Trueman Label

TRUEMAN

Trueman is the pinnacle of Clarendon Cabernet. This is a bright, energetic, brilliantly active and entertaining wine. Lithe and elegant, as the vintage dictated, but complex, and promising far within. The pretty topnote aromatics cover the first impressions of flavour. Step two is the strapping acid-and-tannin realisation; then the finish goes on and on: a dainty but determined and forceful sensation of texture more than flavour.

ACCLAIM - 94 Points

A juicy cassis-driven cabernet of great purity and typicity, oak and tannins a means to an end, and doing precisely what they should.
- James Halliday, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, August 2016

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*Limit (6) bottles per order

Brooks Label

BROOKS ROAD

This is the most finely-structured and elegant of our three vintages of Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz. It's another step in our determined effort to get the best from this distinguished upland site. Each of our three Shiraz vintages is a little further from the traditional high-alcohol, full-bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz from the lower, warmer country in the south of the region.

ACCLAIM - 96 Points

Deep crimson-purple; a very complex wine, all the components handled with the skill of a circus juggler, keeping all in the air. Its extreme fragrance and intensity on the palate have a lightness to their touch, with spiced red and black fruits, licorice and fine tannins, oak the (almost) unseen hand. Deep crimson-purple; a very complex wine, all the components handled with the skill of a circus juggler, keeping all in the air. Its extreme fragrance and intensity on the palate have a lightness to their touch, with spiced red and black fruits, licorice and fine tannins, oak the (almost) unseen hand.
- James Halliday, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, August 2016

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*Limit (6) bottles per order

THE REVIVALIST

This is tight, lithe and elegant: a composed and dignified Merlot with only the faintest initial glimpse of anything resembling mellow. It smells comforting at first, but as the drinker delves, the bouquet unveils mossy, damp forest earth, and then fresher, leafy greens emerge with their tannins.

ACCLAIM - 95 Points

Matured for 15 months in French oak. Shows that serious merlot can be made in McLaren Vale (or the Clarendon Hills sector thereof). The bouquet is fragrant and accurately signals the gently savoury/dried herb undergrowth of the cassis and plum that sits firmly on top. Good tannins tie the knot.
- James Halliday, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, August 2016

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*Limit (6) bottles per order