Clarendon Hills Moritz Syrah 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
Blackened crimson. Leather, gunpowder, crushed rock, coffee-edged blue fruits and roasted meats dominate this Cornas styled expression. The seductively integrated and modestly amplified Syrah characters identify the Moritz vineyard's modern take on a traditional classic. The majestic savory edged tannin profile is finely grained and long winded. The luxuriously weighted flavor intensity is powerful, multi-layered, rounded and generous.
"The 2006 Syrah Moritz Vineyard is more structured, with 5-7 years of aging potential."
The Wine Advocate
"Rich, aromatic and powerfully focused. This is a big wine, but it's not at all heavy, showing amazing purity of fruit, with blackberry, plum and huckleberry fruit galore, all pointing toward the long, expressive finish. Tannins are present but well-integrated. Should go far. Best from 2010 through 2020."
"Dark purple. Intense, peppery blackcurrant and blueberry aromas are complemented by dried flowers, Indian spices and sexy oak notes. Pliant dark berry flavor show liqueur-like depth and intensity while maintaining excellent focus; a slow burn of smoky minerals gains power with air. The late-arriving tannins contribute to the impression of structure: as seductive as this today, give it a few more years of aging."
International Wine Cellar
Avg wine. Unusual for Clarenden Hills.
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Learn About Clarendon Hills Map It
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.
Learn About McLaren Vale
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...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(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...
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