Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Syrah 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Syrah has a bedrock foundation of varietal complexity. Aromas of crushed rock, boysenberry, and faint wisps of roasted meat lift from the glass. A unique expression of Syrah, our Piggott Range balances the extract with mouth-coating flavors of meat, currant and leather. Cascading layers of savory character exhibit themselves on the lingering finish. This one is for the cellar.
Australian Wine Companion - "Virtually impenetrable crimson-purple; this is the most savoury of the four top-end Clarendon Syrahs, with the mix of partial whole berry and whole bunch wild yeast fermentation departing from the normal whole berry approach; likewise, 18 months in 100% new French oak adds an exclamation mark to the lingering flavours of the finish and aftertaste, where perfectly weighted tannins come into their own."
The Wine Advocate - "Very deep purple-black colored, the 2009 Piggott Range Syrah is a little restrained on the nose at this stage, revealing aromas of blueberry preserves, blackberry tart and creme de cassis with suggestions of mocha and licorice. The palate is concentrated and tightly knit with a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long and peppery. Still very youthful, consider drinking this one 2014 to 2022+. "
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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