2010 Clarendon Hills Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Clarendon Hills
Country: Australia
Wine Advocate: 93+
James Halliday: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah flaunts a nose of cassis, blueberry compote and spearmint with touches of baking spices and licorice. Concentrated, full-bodied and generously fruit with tight-knit, minty, blackberry flavors, the flavors are supported by firm grainy tannins, lively acid and a long finish. Drink it 2014 to 2024+." (WA)

"Dense, inky crimson-purple; black fruits, earth, tar, licorice and potent new French oak are evident on both the bouquet and palate, the latter with impressive tannins. At the present time, the least evolved and most unready of the '10 range, but I have no fears for its future." (JH)

Winery Notes:
The Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah opens with aromas of mineral iodine and graphite, quickly melding into crushed rock and eventually a floral perfume emerges. Lifted, polished characteristics are offered from the broad base of ambient red and black fruits. The expression really comes alive with airing. The densely structured palate has great clarity through naturally solid acidity. Acting almost like salt to cuisine, the acidity provides definition to the tidal surge of rich, dark varietal characteristics.