2005 Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum (1500ml)
Roman Bratasiuk established Clarendon Hills winery in 1989 with a very simple philosophy “to make wines equal to anything in the world”. The phenomenal success of Clarendon Hills has been due to a number of factors, including the age of the vines. Today, much of the fruit is sourced from vines over 70 years old which are grown on a variety of sites which all contribute to the complexity of the wines. Robert Parker has poured great praise on Bratasiuk, with Clarendon Hills being named one of the top wine producers of the year and in 2003 nominated as one of Australia’s and the world's greatest wineries. He described this wine as 'tasting like an Australian version of a great vintage of Lynch Bages.'
A near perfect Cabernet & the star of the 2005 Clarendon Hills Collection
Totally opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue. Superb nose, with violet and dark chocolate top notes, followed by spice and a hint of cedar. Explosive – totally mouthfilling palate with flavours of vanilla, blackcurrant, black pepper and cassis. Very powerful. Fine grained tannins, perfect balance. Very long aftertaste.
Tasting like an Australian version of a great vintage of Lynch Bages, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham reveals a dense purple color, tremendous intensity, loads of meaty, black currant fruit, and a full-bodied, fabulously endowed, opulent personality. This rich, intense, promising Cabernet should drink well for two decades or more.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (October, 2006)