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Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2010

Merlot from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH91
  • RP90
14.5% ABV
  • RP91
  • W&S90
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  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot opens with aromas of black currant and chocolate framed by earthy truffle and floral notes. The palate is at once fresh and savory with silky, elegantly rounded layers of flavor. Soft and balanced, the flavor intensity resonates in a subtle, classic finish.

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JH 91
Australian Wine Companion
Deeply coloured, with a dark and brooding personality; essency black fruits, fruitcake, black olive and cedary oak notes blend on the bouquet; the palate is muscular and tannic, with a slight bitter edge to the finish, that should resolve with time.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Brookman Vineyard Merlot offers aromas of warm plums and macerated blackberries with hints of mulberries, cloves and spice cake plus a whiff of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, well-balanced and savory in the mouth, it has a medium level of chewy tannins, bright acid and finishes with good length. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2019+.
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Clarendon Hills

Clarendon Hills

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Clarendon Hills, McLaren Vale, Australia
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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.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol, with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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