Although only The Nest’s second vintage, the 2018 is utterly stunning. This Cabernet Franc expresses true varietal characteristics such as black tea and rich raspberry with a touch of bay leaf. The mid-palate is dense yet delicate and the finish features fine velvety tannins. A showstopper now, one can only imagine the cellaring potential.
Cabernet Franc Block 107 (100%) Hand-picked, destemmed and whole berry sorted before being gently crushed. Following cold soak, native fermentation ensued leading to 15 days on the skins with daily pump overs. The must was basket pressed with light pressings included in the free run and drained directly to barrel. Aged for 15 months in fine-grain Bordeaux coopered barrels of which 50% were new
"Shit the nest! Second release of a straight Cab Franc from Hickinbotham, and it’s a beauty. Ripe dark raspberry, pencils and fine spicy biscuit oak, good perfume, a smattering of sweet dusty herbs and mint. It’s packing in plenty of ripe red and black fruit, roasted red pepper, feels supple and firm at once, and has a great sense of energy too. It’s succulent yet controlled. It lays on the charm and doesn’t let go. Of all the 2018 Hickinbotham releases, this is the wine that speaks to me most clearly. It’s exceptional."
96pts Gary Walsh WineFront.com.au
94 pts Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020