Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills' 'Premier Cru' classification.
Elegant fruit and finely worked oak use always headline this ballerina'-esque perfume. A lifted cabernet expression that is always approachable early and offers supreme enjoy ability in its first 15 years of life.
This vineyard was planted in 1965 in rich, chocolate-brown clay soils. It produces cabernet, merlot and syrah varieties which all exhibit a bitter chocolate, earthy/kalamata characteristic.
Wine Enthusiast - "This isn't an oversized Cab, but that's its appeal. It's excellent, with flavors of black cherry, cassis and black grape that surge on the palate, and just don’t let go. It's all swaddled tightly in young, smooth tannins, and gumtree and beef stock accents on the nose. Drink 2007 and beyond"
The Wine Advocate - "The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Brookman Vineyard is ripe, rich, and full-bodied revealing classic aromas of smoky herbs, vanilla, black currants, and damp earth. Made from 60-year-old vines, it is a structured, expansive, deep Cabernet to drink now and over the next decade.
Roman Bratasiuk is one of Planet Earth's greatest winemakers, and obviously a top-notch viticulturist given his obsession with sourcing extraordinary fruit from ancient McLaren Vale vineyards. "
Clarendon Hills Winery
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. View all Clarendon Hills Wines
About Other AustraliaView a map of Other Australia wineries
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
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- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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