Clarendon Hills

Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon

9.181 ratings
8.912 pro ratings
Clarendon, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Presented double-blind. The wine appears deep garnet with an opaque core. There appears to be a slight amount of sediment but otherwise no visual signs of age. On the nose, a beguiling mix of black, blue and red fruits with a pronounced hit of tobacco, green bell pepper, purple flowers, earth and baking space. On the palate, the wine is dry with very firm tannin that I would place in the medium++ category. Medium+ acid. The fruit set is confirmed along with the aforementioned non-fruit characteristics with some leather and earth for good measure. The finish very long and rich. While there is an undeniable amount of high quality fruit, I felt the non-fruit characteristics and the structure leaned more towards the old world. I called 2008 Paulliac from a classified growth. I didn’t even think about Australia! Anyway, this was awesome and came across almost youthful! I’ve long admired Roman’s work with Syrah…and now I know I’ve been sleeping on his Cabernet. This wine will continue to drink well for another decade+.

Presented double-blind. The wine appears deep garnet with an opaque core. There appears to be a slight amount of sediment but otherwise no visual signs of age. On the nose, a beguiling mix of black, blue and red fruits with a pronounced hit of tobacco, green bell pepper, purple flowers, earth and baking space. On the palate, the wine is dry with very firm tannin that I would place in the medium++ category. Medium+ acid. The fruit set is confirmed along with the aforementioned non-fruit characteristics with some leather and earth for good measure. The finish very long and rich. While there is an undeniable amount of high quality fruit, I felt the non-fruit characteristics and the structure leaned more towards the old world. I called 2008 Paulliac from a classified growth. I didn’t even think about Australia! Anyway, this was awesome and came across almost youthful! I’ve long admired Roman’s work with Syrah…and now I know I’ve been sleeping on his Cabernet. This wine will continue to drink well for another decade+.

Mar 28th, 2022
Steven Gullo

Muted fruit. Somewhat hollow. Past it’s prime

Muted fruit. Somewhat hollow. Past it’s prime

Sep 15th, 2018
Loren Grossman

Vintner Wilde Farm Wines

8.8

Treacle, fruit compote, apricot hamantaschen, grilled tomato and lots of heat. Mouthful of wine.

Treacle, fruit compote, apricot hamantaschen, grilled tomato and lots of heat. Mouthful of wine.

Aug 4th, 2018
MLP
9.2

Premier Cru label says dessert wine. Not far off. This came through a secondary source but good to see they actually delivered someone's wine.

Premier Cru label says dessert wine. Not far off. This came through a secondary source but good to see they actually delivered someone's wine.

1 person found it helpfulAug 28th, 2016
WineMascot

2002, minty green.

2002, minty green.

Mar 15th, 2017
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director, Red Lion Inn

9.2

This is amazing. Some blueberry, graphite, surprisingly good. Nice development, too. Lovely.

This is amazing. Some blueberry, graphite, surprisingly good. Nice development, too. Lovely.

Nov 8th, 2015
Ron R
9.2

For a 10 yr old Aussie cab, I'm impressed! In the glass, the wine comes across as impenetrable. It's inky black. The nose is dominated with maple syrup and sweet oak tones. On the palette, the wine is viscous and has weight. Super sweet with maraschino cherries. My last bottle, sniff...

For a 10 yr old Aussie cab, I'm impressed! In the glass, the wine comes across as impenetrable. It's inky black. The nose is dominated with maple syrup and sweet oak tones. On the palette, the wine is viscous and has weight. Super sweet with maraschino cherries. My last bottle, sniff...

Aug 31st, 2015
Bob McDonald

Made by the redoubtable Roman Bratasiuk of Astralis Syrah fame and consumed at Daniel Oconnels North Adelaide from their all SA wine list. Coffee and clove aromas. Some smokiness. Great depth of flavour and concentration. Top notch Cabernet from a great wine maker in a good vintage. 18.

Made by the redoubtable Roman Bratasiuk of Astralis Syrah fame and consumed at Daniel Oconnels North Adelaide from their all SA wine list. Coffee and clove aromas. Some smokiness. Great depth of flavour and concentration. Top notch Cabernet from a great wine maker in a good vintage. 18.

Dec 26th, 2014
Bill Bender

Big skunky nose, too much alcohol for me. Cloying.

Big skunky nose, too much alcohol for me. Cloying.

Oct 25th, 2014
Ross Bathgate

Picked up from Langtons for only $30. Typically Clarendon hills volatility but less depth of fruit than the Shirazes. Some lovely Cabernet fine tannin plus almost raisiny tertiary fruit. Lovely drink.

Picked up from Langtons for only $30. Typically Clarendon hills volatility but less depth of fruit than the Shirazes. Some lovely Cabernet fine tannin plus almost raisiny tertiary fruit. Lovely drink.

Jun 4th, 2022