Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon "Trueman" 2014 (McLaren Vale, South Australia) - [WS 94] [JS 94] [RP 90]

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon "Trueman" 2014
(McLaren Vale, South Australia) - [WS 94] [JS 94] [RP 90]

Regular price $95.00 Sale price $74.97 Save $20.03

WS94 JS94 RP90
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Notes from the Winemaker:

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.

Trueman represents Cabernet in Clarendon at its best. Its purity, its elegant style, its supple, polished nature ... it’s a wine of its own. Distinct in character, this is not like Cabernet from the Vales below or the hills to the east. From its pretty, delicate florals and musk, through to its silky blackcurrant and kalamata juice and down to its dark carbon soul - Trueman is a modern Cabernet that encapsulates all the toil and antiquity of Clarendon. Echoing the unearthed prose of wine writer Ebenezer Ward from 1886 on the Cabernet sown from this very land – Trueman is “an excelled wine, of very marked flavor and bouquet”.


Winemaker Chris Carpenter worked with Viticulturer Michael Lane to deliver the grapes hand-picked from Clarendon’s high country (220 metres). After destemming, the berries were sorted straight into open fermenters. The cold soak was four days, the wines were pumped over daily, and the minimum time on skins was eighteen days. The wine was then basket pressed, combining the resultant free run and light pressings; the heavier pressings were kept separate. Three rack-and-returns were conducted over fifteen months as the wine seasoned in a mixture of fine-grained Bordeaux-coopered barrels.
WINEMAKERS: Charlie Seppelt and Chris Carpenter

HARVESTED: 25-29 March, 2014

95% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.5% | TA: 6.39 | pH: 3.54 | 2,385 cases

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Polished and expressive, with a hint of caramel and brown sugar to smooth out the dense black cherry and plum flavors. Dark chocolate, spice and toasted tobacco notes are aromatic and generous on the long finish. Drink now through 2028. 2,385 cases made." - MW (Jun 30, 2017)

94 Points - James Suckling:
"The nose explodes with lots of decadence in the form of cassis, plenty of eucalyptus, forest fruits, tar, licorice and ink undertones. Full body, mouth-coating tannins and a powerful but savory finish. This needs time. Drink in 2019. Screw cap." - James Suckling (Monday, July 17, 2017)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon has cassis and dried mint on the nose, with chocolate, violets, crème de cassis and blackberry tart flavors. Full-bodied an opulently fruited, this is nonetheless a and very fresh Cabernet, possessing nice grainy tannins and great length." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Monday, July 17, 2017)