Deep maroon color verging on purple to black with great depth of color. Notes of sweet plums and blackberries on the nose, complimented by an apparent but subtle aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee bean. The palate displays a broad array of flavor, highlighted by intense dark berry fruits aligned with a suggestion of white pepper. This 'fruit bomb' is balanced by soft acidity and a hint of mocha with velvety tannins adding complexity and body, resulting in an attractive long finish.
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Alan Robb Hickinbotham (David's grandfather) became a founder of the Australian wine industry almost by accident. In May of 1936, Hickinbotham established the Roseworthy Oenology course with the intent of furthering winemaking by instructing viticulturalists to use scientific research to produce better wine.
David eventually purchased 300 acres of prime vineyard land in McLaren Vale early in the 70's. There was no irrigation at that time so the vines were dry grown. This produced grapes... View More