Clarendon Hills Clarendon Grenache Old Vines 2004
Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
This vineyard is situated in the hills above the township of Clarendon, planted in 1920. The wine from here is always very aromatic, lovely scents of cherry, plum with lavender and basil notes in the background. The wine is always one of the most attractive wines in the portfolio.
Wine Spectator - "Lithe, generous and distinctly spicy. Cardamom and turmeric notes weave through the black cherry and tobacco flavors that linger beautifully against superfine tannins. The finish wraps itself into a silky feel. Drink now through 2016. 500 cases imported."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2004 Grenache Clarendon Hills exhibits a lovely dark ruby color along with a big, sweet kiss of black cherry liqueur intermixed with hints of tobacco leaves and resiny pine forest scents. Aromatic, smooth, velvety textured, and sexy, this is a full-bodied, delicious Grenache to drink over the next 7-8 years."
Wine Enthusiast - "From one of the cooler sites in Clarendon Hills’ arsenal, this Grenache shows floral, slightly lifted aromas and hints of blueberry and strawberry. Yet it still shows the soft, lush texture of all of the CH Grenaches and a long, gently lingering finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright violet. Fresh red berries and gentle spices on the nose, with a light accent of white pepper. Silky and wonderfully sweet, with raspberry and strawberry flavors expanding slowly through a supple, long finish. No edges whatsoever here, just lush, suave fruit and more fruit. This could be confused with a sexy New World pinot."
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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 McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
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.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
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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4 ratings, 2 with reviews411/28/2011Irresistible. Rasberry infused chocolate pervades the nose. Supple, graceful, and complex. 'Nuff said.richard hirsch - Denver, CO54/15/201244/12/2012
43/18/2012This wine is passed its bestRelated ProductsThe distinct plum and berry flavors lead to pepper and spices and are seamlessly integrated with velvety tannins. A beautiful ...
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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
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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