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Wine from McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is an Australian wine region located just south of Adelaide. McLaren Vale is situated north west of the Fleurieu Peninsula and is considered the most significant region in Fleuieu. People have been cultivating grapevines in McLaren Vale since the 19th century and it is regarded as Australia’s oldest wine making region. Australian Thomas Hardy and John Reynella developed McLaren Vale by planting the first grapevines and now McLaren Vale is where many of Australia’s top producers are located. Uneven natural landscapes and being near Gulf Saint Vincent allows the growing conditions to change in McLaren Vale, with varying soil types. In addition, elevation differences are significant throughout McLaren Vale with both the Mount Lofty Ranges and Sellicks Ranges to the north and south, respectively. All in all, McLaren Vale is considered to be similar to the Mediterranean with cooling breezes and winds from the hills. This cooling effect will bring a natural acidity and structure to the grape. Crop diseases are uncommon in McLaren Vale due to the dry climate. McLaren Vale is known for red grape types such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mouvedre. White grapes grown in McLaren Vale are typically Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

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Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz 2017

Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz is made from 100 percent Shiraz. 

After the hand-picked Shiraz clusters were delivered from high country (210-230 meters) by Viticulturer Michael Lane, the winemaker destemmed and sorted the whole berries 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 minimize filtration at bottling, three rack-and-returns were conducted over fifteen months as the wine seasoned in a mixture of Burgundy-coopered barrels.

This Shiraz shows the characters this vineyard has displayed since the start, but perhaps in a more elegant, harmonious and balanced form. Its consistency is comforting and reassuring, buttressed by blue and black fruit notes throughout. It is readily enjoyable but has all the structure, acid and tannin to offer decades of rewards from cellaring.

Review:

Thanks in part to the relatively cool year, this is a wine that manages refinement, restraint and beautiful expression of place. The nose is a neatly woven basket of aromas: crushed flowers, red and blue fruit, pepper, mint and cigar box. The palate is full figured and highly textural. There’s a line of powdery, spicy, ultrafine tannins and a streak of high-end oak. Set up for a long and beautiful life, Drink from 2022–2045 - Wine Enthusiast 95 Points 

 Wine Enthusiast: 95
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