Alan Hickinbotham established the vineyard bearing his name in 1971 when he planted dry- grown cabernet sauvignon and shiraz in contoured rows on the sloping site. He was a very successful builder, this his first venture into wine, but his father, Alan Robb Hickinbotham, had a long and distinguished career, co-founding the oenology diploma at Roseworthy in ’36. In 2012 Clarendon, and the stately sandstone house on the property, was purchased by Jackson Family Wines; it is run as a separate business from Yangarra Estate Vineyard, with different winemaking teams and wines. The Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard covers a steep cut of country from the ridgetops above the village of Clarendon to the Onkaparinga River in the gorge below. Since its establishment in 1971, the Hickinbotham vineyard has become a part of Australia’s wine heritage, supplying fruit to produce many of Australia’s greatest wines. The Clarendon Vineyard has sold select parcels to Penfolds for Grange and to Hardy’s for their equivalent white flagship, the Eileen Hardy Chardonnay.
JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Take the best parcels of cabernet sauvignon from Trueman, same for Brookes Road shiraz, a 56/44% blend respectively, and another selection at the final assemblage to ensure it's the best of the best. Yep that works. It's morphed into a harmonious entity. Complex, detailed on every level with powdery tannins, cassis, dark plums, cured meats and spice, very refreshing, full-bodied, deep and superbly balanced.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
From only the 1971 plantings and a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Shiraz. You can think of it as being a single site version of Penfolds 389, only better. 370 cases made. If you wanted to show an overseas visitor an example of a ‘classic’ South Australian wine, then this would be a fine place to start. It’s medium to full bodied, almost svelte, with succulent but intense ripe tannin, truffle and grilled meat, blackcurrant and boysenberry, a little toast and smokiness, pitch-perfect acidity, and a finish of impeccable length and composition. Great wine. Dead set classic.