A piece of South Australia’s wine growing heritage in a glass right here. The Hickenbotham family has been a driving force in South Australia’s viticultural community for decades now, and the fruit that comes from their vineyards has been used to make some of the most iconic red wines. Nestled in the McLaren Vale, their family estate vineyard is where this pinnacle of a Clarendon Cabernet Sauvignon, “Trueman”, hails from. Elegant, dainty, fruit-forward, and delicate...this wine is fantastic. Mint, espresso, leather, graphite, and plum. This is a wine that drinks wonderfully now, but will also bloom in the cellar marvelously. — 7 days ago
Second time I’ve had this vintage and still as phenomenal. Probably one of the best Australian wines I’ve had. So much depth and complexity in the body. Cab sauv at its best - lots of dark fruits balanced by oak. Super long finish. — 8 days ago
This drinks like Haut-Medoc, but more fruit. Crazy the similarities that Margaret River has in common with Bordeaux, none of the jammy dark quality you get from South Central Australia. Cedar, pepper, smoke, cranberries, dark cherries - medium bodied, elegant tannins, and a slight jammy fruit complex. The layers of complexity are very subtle, but there. Not my favorite, but I am quite interested in their Chardonnay.. stay tuned. — 15 days ago
Still vibrant and in good health at 13 years. Great balance in Australia’s classic blend. With time a mineral salty earthiness amongst the plum tobacco flavours. One can experience both components of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Shiraz on nose and palate - the mint of the Cab somewhat covered by the sweet fruit of the Shiraz. — 5 hours ago
More austerity than I was expecting from the Vineyard holdings and the excellence of the vintage. Needed a better balance of Cassis and Blackberry fruit IMO. Still the best match for a steak in preference to a Shiraz. Another 5 to 10 years in front of it. — 21 days ago
Deep and dense both in color and profile - black plum, blackberry, and black cherry all explode from the glass - soft plush mouthfeel - juicy ripe acidity tight tannins and a silky smooth finish leaving behind dried plum notes lingering for eons — 4 days ago
Yes, the convicts are back!
This is a whole-grain effort which displays a little bit of everything. It’s a cab, but has a perfume of mulberry and tar. Palette is consistent with notes of olives. Superb structure on the mid-palette, showing moderate extraction. We think this is another $20 gem.
I left the screwcap in shot for @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher - #1 DL wine snob! 🙂 — 13 days ago
Drink for cny 2018 at langkawi - not as cheap as i thought. Branded were markup there so overall not that cheap for red. Thought it was damaged due to extreme heat here but after 3hrs of decant it turns out nice. Drank with vina — 6 days ago
Still quite close after 10 years. Smooth drinking. Can keep for another 3 or more — 7 days ago