Clarendon Hills Bakers Gully Syrah 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Black, deep midnight purple. Liqueur coffee edge with ‘Black Kat' licorice, tobacco leaf, lifted spicey leather, sweet earthiness and Kalamata skin. Superb clarity and brightness of traditional elements expected in a classic Australian Syrah. Black fruit and savory components mingle on a weighted, meaty structure. Expressive, bright characters are counter-weighted by restraint exhibited in this elegantly positioned and lineated example.
Australian Wine Companion - "A medium-bodied wine, with fine, fresh, almost slippery/juicy red fruits the main game in the mouth, but with darker notes in the background; fine tannins and a super-long finish."
Wine Spectator - "Big, supple and remarkably graceful for its size, with hints of cream, cedar and clove around a core of blackberry and pomegranate flavors, all coming together on a seamless finish. Has impressive length. Drink now through 2020."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Syrah Baker's Gully is very perfumed with lots of up-front fruit. It can be enjoyed in its youth."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Youthfully brooding dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose. Suave oak spices and licorice develop with air and carry onto the palate, joining sweet, vaguely bitter cassis and plum flavors. Bitter chocolate and cracked pepper notes linger on the sappy, clinging finish. I went back to this a few times and a strong floral quality came up that reminded me of the northern Rhone"
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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 with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes 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 most-planted grapes of the region. 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 region 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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8 ratings, 3 with reviewsnicholasv - Dublin, OH48/18/2014Amicos - Jericho, VT47/3/2014walktard - Tahoe City, CA21/18/2014WIll D - Biloxi, MS512/28/2013aar5130 - Jersey City, NJ56/3/2013rfarouni - Columbus, OH45/29/2013A very good wine, but wouldn't buy it again for the price($40)hkac - New York, NY45/20/2013
Not bad to try at discount pricemlundberg27 - Rancho Santa Fe, CA43/5/2013Consumed March 2013. Pomegranate, blackberries, lingering spices, and a licorice note with thick tannins that coat the tongue. Lots of muscle. Felt young in comparison to the 2006 Clarendon Hills Liandra and wouldn't mind some mellowing out of the tannins with additional cellaring. Excellent wine, especially at this price. A good example of the variety and depth that top tier Syrah/Shiraz has to offer.
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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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