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2016 Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz

McLaren Vale

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Our Price: $159.99 / bottle (RRP: $220.00 ) Case: 3 x 750ml

'The fruit is perfectly ripe and the wine is superbly balanced... Black, red and blue berry aromas and flavours, cedar and spice... A wonderful glass of red wine.'
98 Points - Huon Hooke

  • It’s often said that Australians invented the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, using Shiraz to replace the Merlot used in the blends of Bordeaux; but this is not so. In the early 1800’s when Australian colonists were buying their first cuttings in France, it was common for the great Bordeaux châteaux to add some Shiraz (Syrah) from Hermitage to their Cabernets. Having taken cuttings from both regions, Australia kept an ancient pre-phylloxera, pre-appellation tradition alive.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%) and Shiraz (43%). Sourced from 1971 (100%) planted on the Estate. All batches were fermented
    separately and blended prior to bottling. These batches of Cabernet and Shiraz represent the pinnacle wines from the Estate, our vision
    is to produce a seamless integration of the best of both varieties, with great aging potential. The winemaking follow suit from the
    previous wines, this wine is about the best blocks of the vintage and best barrels being carefully blended. Rack and returned three times
    during the maturation of 15 months 100% new oak, Shiraz Burgundy coopered French oak, Cabernet Bordeaux coopered French oak

    TASTING NOTES

    A luxurious combination of soft ripe autumn berries with fresh cool country cherries, this wine exemplifies the harmony that can
    be achieved by blending these two noble grapes together. The wine has an unctuous elegance that caresses the palate with a structure
    that is exceeded only in its width by its length. Still a youthful creature, this wine will age gracefully for decades to come.

  • REVIEWS

    'Deep, dark red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and bright and at this stage shows the spice of the shiraz component, but the more you sniff, the more the cabernet blackberry and blueberry shines through. The fruit is perfectly ripe and the wine is superbly balanced; where it differs from the Trueman cabernet and the Brooks Road shiraz is its structure. It has a firmer backbone, which will ensure it ages well and long. Black, red and blue berry aromas and flavours, cedar and spice, the shiraz spice receding the longer the wine is aerated. A wonderful glass of red wine.'
    98 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    'As always, it's about choosing the best parcels of fruit and barrels for this high end wine. It's seamless. The pristine fruit absorbing the oak, the filigreed tannins, the chalky acidity, everything doing its bit to create a complete picture. While incredibly fresh, its best days are ahead of it.'

    96 Points - Jane Faulkner, Halliday's Wine Companion

    'It would want to be given the asking price but the quality here is quite superb. It’s an accountant’s dream: strong in volume, balanced in nature, its forward estimates bright. Cloves, tar, blackcurrant/redcurrant and choc-mint, a swoosh of smoky oak. It displays both presence and decorum. You can bank on this maturing well.'
    95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front




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