Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Grenache 2008
Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
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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%.
This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills' "1er Cru" classification.
The most densely structured of the Grenache's thus far. Recessed and slow to emerge from its shell – The Kangarilla vineyard offers majesty in both extension and girth. The depth of savory, but fresh fruit within the extract remains with this vineyard for well over 15 years. Cleanliness and character define this site. More backward than the Blewitt Springs or Onkaparinga – it is almost the slowest maturing wine in the varietal domain.
"Supple, majestic and expressive, layering blueberry, plum, green olive, cocoa and clove flavors into a coherent mosaic that trips engagingly through the long and seductive finish."
"Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Kangarilla Vineyard Grenache offers a pronounced perfume of violets, chocolate covered cherries, black raspberries and fennel seed plus an earthy, forest floor and damp humus character. Opulent and full on the palate, it has a medium to high level of velvety tannins, high acidity and a long slightly warm finish."
The Wine Advocate
"Depending on the vintage, any of Clarendon Hills’ Grenaches can excel. In 2008, Kangarilla offers a lovely texture somewhere between fine silt and silk. Brandied cherries give an impression of warmth, balanced by herbal nuances and reined in by that fine-grained texture."
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 Grenache
This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
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