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The color is very dark blood red, almost black with just a little hint of purple. There is an immense variety of aromas greeting you when you first sniff this wine. Black cherries, blueberries and plums. There is an overriding sensation of earthy, mushroom like characters and more lifted aromas with licorice bark, coffee and vanilla. There are some hints of other spices as well with some nutmeg, cloves and fennel. All of this and more follows on the palate.
As well as the flavors that are described on the bouquet there are also some sweet toasty new oak characters which are quite prominent at the front of the palate. Then you taste the fruity components and finally all the spicy and other complexing factors. The overwhelming impression you get from this wine is the multitude of different levels it works on, with its scope massive and all encompassing.
You simply have to lay this wine down for many years. The flavors swirl around the mouth and are a joy to behold right now, but it needs at least a decade and will peak soon after that period, but then it will have a long window for optimum drinking, simply because the weight and density of the fruit and other flavoring components. It will probably drink well for a further 10 years.
At the moment if you need to open a bottle to see just how good the wine is, serve only aged piquant cheese, either Reggiano or aged cheddar style. It is too intense and grippy to match up with an entrée at this youthful stage.
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...Read More About McLaren Vale
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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