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Hickinbotham Wine Dinner

Thursday March 26

@ Peak City Grill 7pm

$95 plus tax and gratuity

One of the the most exciting offers of the year is the release of the first wines under the new Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard label.   From the exceptional 2012 harvest these three brilliant and unique reds have been turning heads in the Australian wine community.  Well known Aussie critics are falling in love with these – awarding scores in the high 90s (95-97pts) – and ranking them in the top 20 Australian wines!


Established in 1971 by Adelaide builder and member of the distinguished Hickinbotham wine family, Alan Hickinbotham, the beautiful 80-hectare contour-planted property 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 the Hickinbotham vineyard has become a part of Australia’s wine heritage, provided grapes for some of Roman Bratasiuk’s most exalted Clarendon Hills labels, and Penfold’s Grange,


The Hickinbotham vineyard is regarded as one of the top vineyards in Australia - a True Grand Cru!  We are the first and only people to have them in NC.



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.  Of course, many of you know Chris Carpenter as the winemaker behind some of Napa Valley's most prestigious wineries, including Cardinale, Lokoya, and La Jota where he has earned a reputation for producing legendary wines including a number of 100pt Napa Cabs!


2012 Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz     

reg $75 / $65 SALE




96pts from critic Huon Hooke – the mainstream press hasn’t seen these yet – we just got them in – and the national rep was here to taste them (they are so rare and new – even he hadn’t tried them before yesterday!)


If you want to wait for the reviews to come out – don’t be surprised when they get some HUGE scores.  I fear that when that happens – the special price I have worked out – will go away.



2012 Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet    

reg $75 / $65 SALE


"1st release and this is instantly in the top 20 cabernets in Australia. Blown away even at $75 retail. Brilliant wine."


James Halliday and Huon Hooke - 95pts


Notes from the Winemaker:


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”.



2012 Hickinbotham Revivalist Merlot   

reg $75 / $65 SALE


This was the revelation of the group.  As good as the Cabernet and Shiraz are – this was the real winner.  Picked by Master Sommelier John Blazon as the best of the three – this have Pomerol like minerality and elegance.  This wine will redefine Merlot in Australia.



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