Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Vineyard Syrah 1997

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia

Item No. 29212
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • W&S94
  • ST93
  • WS90
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Winemaker's Notes

Looking at the wine it is a deep and dark red, purple, and almost black. There is no color loss near the rim and it is hard to determine whether it is clear because the color is so deep.

There is an amazing burst of aromas. The fruit flavors are ripe and sweet cherries with some dark berries thrown in for good measure. Underpinning the more prominent fruit is an earthy mineral component, which adds an extra level of complexity.

On the palate there is all that is all that is on the palate and more. Notbaly some roasted meat flavours. The fruit flavors manifest themselves in a juicy brew, and the vanilla from the oak is a little more in the background, but still present and adding to the overall richness and complexity of the wine.

Powerful but beautifully balanced tannins highlight the lengthy finish. This is a wine that will age for a very long time, quite possibly up to 20 years. Yet such is the balance you can drink it at any stage of its development and you will enjoy it.

As a young wine just compliment it with a simple cheese course, using aged hard cheese such as Reggiano or Gruyere and some quince paste as a little sweetener. After a few years in the bottle this wine will be perfect with rich flavoursome game dishes such a share and venison.

Learn About Clarendon Hills Map ItMap 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. Notable Facts 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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