98 Points - Robert Parker
A compelling Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2004 Coach House Block was aged in 100% new French Taransaud barrels. Its blue/black/purple color is followed by beautiful aromas of graphite, acacia flowers, blackberries, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied, dense, and rich, this amazing Cabernet admirably demonstrates what heights this varietal can achieve in the Barossa. Cellar it for 3-4 years and enjoy it over the following 2-3 decades.
98 Points - Robert Parker
96 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard is the most muscular and densely packed of the Cabernets. This opulent effort will evolve for a minimum of a decade and drink well through 2036.The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham Vineyard is the most muscular and densely packed of the Cabernets. This opulent effort will evolve for a minimum of a decade and drink well through 2036. Roman Bratasiuk’s Clarendon Hills is one of the world’s great wine estates. The wines are all 100% varietal...
92+ Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham offers the most saturated color. The aromatics feature Asian spices, violets, and incense along with expressive black fruits. Structured and tannic, bordering on austere on the palate, it is a muscular, brawny effort that will require 6-8 years of cellaring to become approachable.
International Wine Challenge: Bronze 2008
‘Brilliant’ in one word and a wine that should not garner 92+ given its low price tag. Make no mistake; this is a very serious wine which demands you seek it out.
Medium to full red-purple; rich, ripe blackberry and cassis aromas are mirrored in the palate, which does however dip slightly in the middle, rising again with lingering tannins and subtle oak on the finish.
Firm, with pretty blueberry and currant flavors at the core and dusky herb and cedar notes weaving through the mildly chewy finish.
92 Points - James Halliday
Medium to full-bodied; black fruits interwoven with savoury tannins and a touch of regional chocolate.
90-92 Points - Robert Parker
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon appears to be a synthesis in style between the 1996 and 1998 vintages. Powerful, tannic, and concentrated, with greater density than the 2000 and 1999, it exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color as well as notes of creme de cassis intermixed with earth, minerals, and foresty aromas.
90 Points - Robert Parker
One of Australia’s most traditional winemakers, Colin Kay fashions old style, high quality, distinctive Australian reds. The spicy, earthy, tobacco, cherry, and currant-scented 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is borderline rustic, but spicy, big, chewy, and attractive. It is by no means from the refined school of winemaking, but it possesses so much personality and soul, it is hard not to give it a high rating.
A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged several years in wood. Pleasing Pauillac-like nose of black currants, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, and spice box. The combination of eucalypt and blackberry/mulberry fruits are in complete harmony with the sweet cigar-box characters and ripe, juicy tannins. A sensational steal and profoundly brilliant at this price!