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Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Revivalist Merlot
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Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard The Revivalist Merlot 2015

McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia‘Revivalist' refers to the extensive vineyard work on the canopy structure of vines planted in 1976, but it may just as well apply to the notion of restoring some decency to the reputation of the merlot grape. The fruit is as intense as ever beginning with the dark cherry, black cherry aromas that prevail across the palate. The freshness of the fruit, the silky texture of merlot, and the earthy, figgy savoury finish make this a big winner. There is also a surprising elegance just to finish off the picture. The Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard, planted since 1971, covers a steep cut of the country from the ridgetops above Clarendon, to the Onkaparinga River in the gorge below. Jackson Family Farms is the current owner, and the wines are made by Australian Charlie Seppelt, and American Chris Carpenter.Tasted: 10 January 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 79.99 private wine shops AB 80.00 MB 80.00 Producer: Hickinbotham Clarendon VintnersDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: Merlot