About This Wine
Grown on a block planted in 1971 and aged for 15 months in French oak. This is the most finely-structured and elegant of our three vintages of Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz. Aromas of blackberry, ripe fig, and Arabic coffee, then dried fruit, smoked almonds, red berries, plum, sniff of cherry jam. It retains an unlikely softness given its serious long-term potential; its silky elegance is deceptive: there’s enough form in this bottle to carry it for decades.
97% Shiraz 3% Malbec, 9 months in 30% new French oak puncheons and foudre.
James Halliday – From the '71 contour plantings, hand-picked, 50% crushed, 40% destemmed, 10% whole bunch, gentle extraction during 18 days on skins, no pressings used, 6 months on lees, then racked to foudre and puncheons (30% new) for 9 months. This oak use will continue in all releases post '18. Extremely complex and intense, but perfectly balanced red and black fruits, tannins a feature. (James Halliday)
James Suckling – Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020 “A striking wine for its extreme depth, as well as freshness. Ripe dark plums and blackberries bathe the nose and palate.” - 93 points
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