Clarendon Hills Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
Deep Crimson. Seamlessly integrated extract provides a smoothly textured, classically structured expression that is fuller, rounder and more robust with varietal depth and primary nuance.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown Vineyard is a more structured wine that will profit from 6-8 years of additional cellaring. Its drinking window will extend from 2015 to 2031."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Spicy redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with cracked pepper, anise and pungent herb notes. Sweet and sappy, offering lush red and dark berry preserve flavors and a velvety texture. Minerality builds, adding lift and back-end cut. Manages to be sweet and spicy at once, finishing with clinging persistence. To get this sort of complexity from Napa you'll usually pay twice this price, at least."
Wine Spectator - "Rich, ripe and generous, with plush cherry, plum and herb flavors framed by sweet, spicy oak, balancing harmoniously as the finish persists beautifully."
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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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