Crimson with a ruby hue
The Hickinbotham Grenache vineyard, is just 10 metres from the Clarendon Grenache site, however sits on the Northern, sunnier side of the hill; and offers a stark contrast to the pure, organic expression seen just metres away. The aray of floral violet and rose petal notes intertwine with black raspberry, dark cherry, boysenberry and cassis. Perfectly composed without any element of over-ripeness, superfluous alcohol or extroversion, with time in the glass interesting hints of pistacchio, a whiff of clove and an interesting Sarsparilla and graphite-like element nuance with the fruit and take this to the next level.
Almost limitless fruit richness is perfectly off set with natural acidity that renders an almost glycerin like mouth feel. While voluptuous it is completely svelte-like in the mouth and fine speckles of spice dance within the chalky traces. Despite its majesty and seamlessness; evident finesse and elegance also coexist. Great now and for another decade +.
Clarendon Hills, Hikinbotham Old Vines Grenache 2013