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Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Revivalist Merlot 2013

McLaren Vale,SA
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Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Revivalist Merlot 2013

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. Breathing new life into this historic vineyard, Winemakers Charlie Seppelt and Chris Carpenter have commenced a new era of Hickinbotham’s prestigious legacy; building upon and honoring the vineyard’s acclaimed record. Elusive and ethereal, The Revivalist takes its time to peel back its layers to reveal the complexity its finesse belies. Comforting earthy tones of moss and mushroom introduce this elegant luxury, and deeper examination sees its ripe figgy fruit oozing like a liqueur from a fine milk chocolate. All that mellow delight lies on a savoury racing frame of olivine tannins, lithe natural acidity and cedary oak.

Hand-picked grapes were delivered from vines planted in 1976 on high country (245 metres). Destemmed and sorted straight into open fermenters, the berries underwent a four day cold soak. The wine was pumped over daily, and the minimum time on skins was eighteen days. After basket-pressing the lighter pressings were included in the free run; the heavier pressings kept separate. Three rack-and-returns were conducted over eighteen months as the wine seasoned in a mixture of Bordeaux-coopered barrels.

Charlie Seppelt and Chris Carpenter

Michael Lane

13 March, 2013

Merlot 100%
Alcohol: 14.5% | TA: 6.54 | pH: 3.35 | 238 cases | Recommended Retail: $75

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