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Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Grenache 1997

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    The bouquet is filled with lifted fruit characters. There are sweet and ripe raspberries and plums. The secondary examination sees some spice and herbal characters. Alongside the cinnamon and allspice is some aniseed like tarragon. This gives the wine an extra dimension, beyond a simple fruit driven number to a full expansive wine with complexity.

    On the palate, the wine the fruit is very sweet, with almost a confectionery character. The spicy overtones really come to the fore as the sweetness of the fruit seems to highlight the secondary flavors. Texturally, the wine is quite dense and has great richness and body. The finish sees a medium acid level supported by plenty of firm tannins.

    This wine is drinking superbly as a young and fresh wine. It is built with ample structure, however, and will age well in the short to medium term. It will be wonderfully balanced at 4-6 years, and will still develop in the bottle for several years after that, however if you don't drink the wine in the next 3-4 years you will miss all the fresh fruit that makes the wine so attractive right now.

    With the combination of fruit sweetness, spicy and herbal overtones this wine is quite versatile in matching with food. A variety of different meats can be used in conjunction with the wine. Specifically those with gamy flavors such as Venison or Hare would be superb. The type of dish should include plenty of spice and herbs. The fragrance of the dish will be matched by the fragrance of the wine.

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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.

    Grenache

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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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