2018 Brooks Road Shiraz (2 Bottle Set)
Hickinbotham, 2018 Brooks Road Shiraz (2 Bottle Set)
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. At the helm of the historic vineyard since 2012, winemaker Christopher Carpenter is continuing the winemaking legacy that began at Hickinbotham nearly 50 years ago.
2018 was an archetypal growing season with consistent winter rains and favorable weather conditions throughout a mild spring. A dry summer led to earlier than expected picking dates and smaller yields. With the arrival of autumn, cool temperatures elongated the growing season producing grapes with concentrated flavours and balanced acidity. 2018 Brooks Road exhibits the compelling dynamic between savory and fruit flavours which is textbook Shiraz from Clarendon. Sweet blueberry and rich red fruits interlace with notes of clove and menthol. The palate is expansive but pure finesses with a beautifully balanced acidity leading to a silky finish.
After the hand-picked Shiraz clusters were delivered from high country (210-230 metres) by Viticulturer Michael Lane, the berries were destemmed and sorted into open fermenters. The cold soak was four days, the skins plunged three times daily, and the minimum time on skins was eighteen days. The wine was then basket pressed; its free run and pressings kept separate. To minimise filtration at bottling, three rack-and-returns were conducted over fifteen months as the wine seasoned in a mixture of Burgundy-coopered barrels.
The fruit was hand-picked, partially destemmed (10% whole bunches) and crushed to open top fermenters. Following cold soak, the grapes saw a gentle maceration of plunging and drain and returns during peak fermentation. Drained and pressed after 18 days on skins, the free run went directly to barrel and no pressings were included. Aged 15 months in predominantly 500 litre French oak puncheons (30% new) and a 25 hectolitre round foudre.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Winemaker: Chris Carpenter
Blend: 97% Shiraz, 3% Malbec
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