Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah 2001
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The appearance is of a very intense wine with a red/black mixture that is impenetrable to the eye. On the bouquet, this wine shows particularly savory characters with nuts, fennel and herbal touches along with a briary, woody overlay. There are some lovely fruit flavors peeping through, and these are in the red berry spectrum. When you taste the wine the fruit flavors are far more prominent, with raspberry and red currant dominating. The wine is soft at the finish, as this is in total harmony with the fruit and the aromas. The softness certainly makes the wine an attractive drinking proposition in its youth, although the balance of the wine will allow it to develop further in the bottle.
The Wine Advocate - "The impressive 2001 Syrah Brookmans Vineyard reveals a saturated blue/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of smoke, licorice, acacia flowers, and black fruits. Full-bodied and dense, with nearly the volume and palate persistence of the 2002, this killer Syrah should age effortlessly for 20 years."
Wine Spectator - "Stylish, round and generous, a supple mouthful of licorice-scented currant, plum and cream flavors, all beautifully modulated, yet the finish lasts and lasts, echoing the fruit and spice enticingly."
International Wine Cellar - "Superripe, highly nuanced aromas of raspberry, blackberry, pepper, nuts and chocolatey oak. Dense but fresh, with highly concentrated flavors of raspberry, mint and bitter chocolate; suggestions of dried fruits. This boasts strong material and impressive red berry intensity. Finishes with very firm tannins that argue for a few years of patience.
Australian Wine Companion - "Cool-grown herb, leaf, mint and chocolate flavours run through a medium-bodied but long palate."
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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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