Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard
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. Breathing new life into this historic vineyard, Winemakers Charlie Seppelt and Chris Carpenter have commenced a new era of Hickinbotham’s prestigious legacy; building upon and honoring the vineyard’s acclaimed record.
Intensely graceful and youthfully elegant, Brooks Road is a new resurgence of Australian Shiraz that captures the most acute aspects of the fruit. The sharp summery breeze of the high country offsets the dark, brooding berries and the bright earthiness of the red beet clusters. It’s all there in the glass to be had - scents of dark currants and red berries mingle with freshly excavated roots and culminate in the taste of dry dusty air on the pasture that lingeringly departs with the faintest memory of cedary oak. It’s a lively thing that beckons you to return.
CRAFTING THE WINE
After the hand-picked Shiraz clusters were delivered from high country (210-230 metres) by Viticulturer Michael Lane, Winemaker Charlie Seppelt destemmed and sorted the berries into open fermenters. The cold soak was four days, the skins plunged four times daily, and the minimum time on skins was fourteen days. The wine was then basket pressed; its free run and pressings kept separate. To minimise filtration at bottling, four rack-and-returns were conducted over eighteen months as the wine seasoned in a mixture of Burgundy-coopered barrels.
Deep crimson-purple; a very complex wine, all the components handled with the skill of a circus juggler, keeping all in the air. Its extreme fragrance and intensity on the palate have a lightness to their touch, with spiced red and black fruits, licorice and fine tannins, oak the (almost) unseen hand. Deep crimson-purple; a very complex wine, all the components handled with the skill of a circus juggler, keeping all in the air. Its extreme fragrance and intensity on the palate have a lightness to their touch, with spiced red and black fruits, licorice and fine tannins, oak the (almost) unseen hand.
Halliday Wine Companion 2017
A finely-structured and elegant Shiraz, it's another step in our determined effort to get the best from this distinguished, upland single vineyard site. An inviting wine that displays both complexity and lightness on the palate, red fruits, liquorice, spices, silky tannins and finely integrated oak create a supple mouthfeel, which lingers long after it's enjoyed.
Halliday Wine Companion 2017
A wonderful wine with a deep, brilliant red/purple colour; complex, inviting bouquet loaded with savoury notes – earth, smoky charcuterie, spices, leather, red and dark fruits. It’s full-bodied and supple, with silky-smooth tannins. Delicious and long-lasting.
The Real Review, 15 October 2016
Wine Front, July 2016
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2016