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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. Alan Hickinbotham planted these vines in 1971, inspired by the visionary Edward John Peake who developed a famous vineyard here in the 1860’s. Peake was a winemaker, designer, farmer, painter, miner, Gothic architecture revivalist, railway director and lover of Cabernet and Shiraz. He was the type who gave this fledgling colony its spirit. We trust this, our best wine, will keep his memory alive.
It’s often said that Australians invented the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, using Shiraz to replace the Merlot used in the blends of Bordeaux; but this is not so. In the early 1800’s when Australian colonists were buying their first cuttings in France, it was common for the great Bordeaux châteaux to add some Shiraz (Syrah) from Hermitage to their Cabernets. Having taken cuttings from both regions, Australia kept an ancient pre-phylloxera, pre-appellation tradition alive.Back To Closeout List
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