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Clarendon Hills Clarendon Vineyard Grenache 2010

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Our Clarendon Hills Clarendon Grenache offers a perfumed expression of exotic fruits, dried thyme and potpourri. The mid-palate texture and lengthy extract underlines the savory ripeness of the Clarendon Vineyard. With clean acidity, this wine appears forward and geared for earlier maturity.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Vivid purple hue; a deeply black fruited wine, showing how ripe grenache can get in the region without overstepping the mark; ferrous and bloody, with bitter chocolate, garrigue herbs and mocha in abundance; the tannins are chewy, yet in step with the extravagant fruit on offer.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Clarendon Grenache offers up notes of kirsch and red currant preserves with touches of eucalyptus and dried Provence herbs. Full-bodied and showing a great concentration of red berry and dried mint flavors, it has lively acid, medium levels of chewy tannins and long finish. Drink it now to 2019+. Rating: 93+
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of
The 2010 Clarendon Hills Grenache is about as Grenache as it gets. The wine has so much fruit and all of it is quite charming, and pretty fine effort. Medium ruby color; raspberries and strawberries in the aromas, really nice; medium to full bodied, round and layered on the palate, pleasingly ripe tannins; dry, soft acidity, nicely balanced; attractive ripe red fruit flavors, medium finish, smooth aftertaste. I'd like to pair this one with roast chicken. (Tasted: January 8, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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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. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.


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Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. The grape typically produces full-bodied reds interestingly light in both color and tannins. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha) where it remains important, particularly in Priorat where winemakers enjoy great liberties in blending Grenache with other varieties. Today it might be most well associated with the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its Villages. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.

In the Glass

In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or licorice.

Perfect Pairings

Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. Because of its friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.

Sommelier Secret

Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet.

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