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2018 Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

Highly collectable 99 point blend of Cabernet and Shiraz from one of the great vineyards of McLaren Vale.

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About The Wine

The Peake is the most elite composite blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Hickinbotham Clarendon vineyard in McLaren Vale.

The Shiraz is made by Yangarra winemaker Peter Fraser, the Cabernet by American Cabernet specialist Chris Carpenter. They combine the best, most luxurious components of each season's haul into this, their premier red wine.

It is a formidable yet supple beast and a fine nod to the great Australian Shiraz/Cabernet blends of the past.

James Halliday awarded it a near perfect 99 points, noting, "If there's a better one, I haven't seen it."

It's a phenomenal example of this unique Australian red wine style, one that will reward the patient for many years to come.

About Hickinbotham

The Hickinbotham vineyard is somewhat of a legend amongst the Australian winemaking community.

Planted in 1971 in the Clarendon region, fruit from this important site has contributed to some of the most iconic wines in Australia's history, including Penfolds Grange, Eileen Hardy and Clarendon Hills.

Recently, the vineyard has undergone somewhat of a renaissance after being purchased by American wine juggernaut, the Jackson family, and being placed into the winemaking care of Yangarra winemaker Peter Fraser and respected American winemaker, Chris Carpenter.

These are elite premium wines that are made limited quantities and are built to mature gracefully. The ultimate addition to any serious collector's cellar.

Winemaker Peter Fraser
Winemaker Peter Fraser
McLaren Vale, SA
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From The Producer

Although the individual components of this wine are mighty, the sum of the Peake’s parts is magnificent. The Cabernet shines aromatically with notes of blackberry pie and dark chocolate, while the Shiraz fills the mid-palate with black plum and toasty oak. Fine tannins and balanced acidity contribute to an incredibly long finish. The Peake continues to honor the legacy of this iconic Australian blend.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2040
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Chris Carpenter
Winemaker Chris Carpenter
McLaren Vale, SA
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99Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"From vines planted in '71. Hand-picked, destemmed, fermented separately on skins for 18 days, matured for 15 months in high quality French barrels. The best shiraz and cabernet are selected to showcase this long-time Australian blend. If there's a better one, I haven't seen it. This is a beautiful wine, red and black fruits holding hands as they so brilliantly throw off the shackles of the hot vintage." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

96Points
The Wine Front

"Dark chocolate, ripe blackberry, flowers, garden herbs, spicy biscuit oak. It’s full-bodied, but not heavy, a flood of dark and persuasive flavour, cocoa richness of tannin, baking spices and sage, and a powerful finish, layered in with sweet tannin and surprising freshness. Exemplary Cabernet here." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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Rich and flavoursome - young but smooth and with a few hours decanting perfectly drinkable already. Really will sing after a while in the cellar.

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