2008 Clarendon Hills "Hickinbotham" Syrah Clarendon South Australia
Supple, round and expressive, this displays many layers of blackberry, black olive, cherry, blueberry and clove on a smooth and elegant frame, finishing seamlessly. The tannins are well-absorbed. (HS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah is deep garnet-purple in color and gives a minty / eucalypt laced nose with a core of kirsch, blackberry compote, crushed blueberries, mace, vanilla and anise. Crisp and well balanced in the mouth, it has medium-firm fine textured tannins, a good amount of fleshy fruit and a long finish with some earth notes poking through. (LPB)
Wine & Spirits
The most mineral expressive of Clarendon Hill’s 2008s, this wine’s tannins frame potent blackberry flavor, as if catching some of their edges from the stems and the seeds of the berries. It’s black, smoky and rich, suited to aging for six to eight years or more.
*Cellar Selection* Cellar Selection 0 Big and bulky, this is concentrated and intense, with plenty of weight and texture to go along with dark flavors of blackberry, black olive and chocolate. A touch of mint helps lighten it a little, and the dusty tannins help frame the powerful fruit. (JC)