Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard Grenache 2009
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2009 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Hickinbotham Vineyard
A Grenache Dry Red Table wine from Australia, Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
eRobertParker.com # 199 (Feb 2012)
Drink 2012 - 2021
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Hickinbotham Vineyard Grenache has aromas of raspberry tart, cinnamon stick and nutmeg with nuances of dried cranberries and mandarin peel. Full bodied with a generous amount of warm red berry and spice flavors, it has a good line of enlivening acid with a medium-firm level of velvety tannins and a long finish. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2021+. Importer: Wine Brokers Unlimited, Hayward, CA
By Wine Spectator
Clarendon Hills Grenache Clarendon Hickinbotham 2009
Release Price: $45
Issue: Aug 31, 2015
Firm and peppery, with a supple core of blackberry, licorice and floral flavors, persisting against polished tannins on the long and refined finish. Offers depth and elegance. Drink now through 2021. 300 cases imported. -HS
By Clarendon Hills
2009 Hickinbotham Grenache
Varietal Content: 100% Grenache
Varietal Origin: Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. Founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990, the story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. Though never trained as a winemaker, Roman combined his scientific knowledge and artistic expression in the winery to create the single varietal wine portfolio of Clarendon Hills. Striving for pure vineyard and varietal expression, Clarendon Hills is dedicated to complex wines that rival the best in the world.
The grapes for our Hickinbotham Grenache were handpicked from low-yielding, dry-grown old vines and gently destemmed before undergoing whole berry fermentation. We used wild yeast fermentation to increase the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration. This wine aged for 18 months in one- to five-year-old, tight-grained French oak barrels.
Our Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Grenache offers impressive, glossy layers of savory ripe red cherry, kirsch and aniseed. A very fine and delicate floral perfume emanates and is entirely alluring. Edges of spice and white pepper create an intriguing contrast with the rich and juicy fruit flavors. Creamy on the palate, this Grenache is thickly structured with persistent concentration. Balanced and seamlessly structured, the juicy and plush fruits are structured with fine-boned tannins for longevity.
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