Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Blackened crimson. Lifted roast meats, spiced licorice, bitter chocolate, black fruit, chocolate pudding, crushed rock, peat, smokey teabag and gunpowder unite within this weighted and somewhat recessed example. Sexy amalgamation of richness defined by great balance, positioned acidity and lengthy tannins. The incredible mid-palate weight provides an excellent length of intensity and considerable nuance of flavour pursues.
Wine Spectator - "Velvety and terrifically focused, this delivers a laser beam of blueberry, boysenberry and plum, with hints of allspice and pepper that mingle effortlessly as they come shooting across a bed of very fine-grained tannins. Lingers enticingly for a long, long finish. Drink now through 2020."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Syrah Liandra Vineyard is also precocious but with a bit more complexity than the Baker's Gully."
International Wine Cellar - "Glass-staining purple. Powerfully scented nose displays sexy red and dark berries along with smoky bacon, pungent herbs and incense. The smokiness carries onto the palate, which offers sweet black raspberry, cassis and candied violet flavors. Suave cola and vanilla notes arrive on the long, strikingly fresh finish. Very elegant wine, and delicious right now."
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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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>4.1 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 7
- 4 Stars: 4
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 1
14 ratings, 8 with reviewsgwendolyn - Oakland, CA57/2/2012
I'm in love with this wine - especially the nose. It is so pretty! It has so much ripe berry fruit, then lots of perfumed violets that take over.. it's ripe and plush on the mouthfeel, but with a nice spicy element and balanced acid and tannin.nicholasv - Dublin, OH48/18/2014walktard - Tahoe City, CA47/2/2014rond - Novato, CA16/5/2013bought 2 bottles and, in each trial, had to pour half down the drain...seems the wine turned bad?Principessa Livia - Gloucester, MA55/30/2013
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A lovely red wine, smooth, elegant, delicious, complex. Pity I can't get it any longer!stonehogs - Chadds Ford, PA55/5/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Huge!!! Rich and Juicy. Packed with Plump ripe fruit. Ripe Black Cherry bursting at the seams. What I'd excpect and more from Clarendon Hills. Yet another gem to add to the repertoir.Memphis oenophile - Memphis, TN34/13/2013
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Fruit had taken a back-seat to the acid. Seemed a little out of balance. Lacking the volume of fruit expected. Overall a decent drink, but fell short of my expectations based on the $$ and the reputation of this wine.43/30/201353/5/2013
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Wow…DELICIOUS! Very complex, silky smooth start to finish. A bit longer stay in the decanter but the wait and anticipation are paid huge dividends. Am laying this down for what I expect will be many years of pure pleasure.52/23/2013JohnSullivanSF - San Francisco, CA22/8/201351/5/2013
- Earthy & Spicy
Great wine. Wish I had bought more.YQZ - Bellevue, WA410/5/201259/6/2012
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A really smooth, silky syrah. The tannins are smooth and not overwhelming. Berry fruits and spicy; peppery. Delicious!
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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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