Processing Your Order...

Search for ""

Update your browser to enjoy all that has to offer.

It's easy to update and using the latest version
of Internet Explorer means all your web browsing will be better.

Yes, Update Now
Flat front label of wine
Flat front label of wineFront shot of wine bottleBack shot of wine bottle

Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Grenache 2008

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • WS95
  • RP92
  • WE92
14.5% ABV
  • JH94
  • RP91
  • WS92
  • RP92
  • RP94
  • WE92
  • WS91
  • RP92
  • WE92
  • WS91
  • RP94
  • RP94
  • RP91
  • RP90
  • W&S90
All Vintages
Currently Unavailable $29.99
Try the
29 99
Save $20.01 (40%)
Ships Wed, Jan 23
Limit 0 bottles per customer
Sold in increments of 0
Add to Cart
Limit Reached
4.3 18 Ratings
My Wine Share
Vintage Alert
Alert me when new vintages are available
Rate for better recommendations
(256 characters remaining)
Cancel Save

4.3 18 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills' "1er Cru" classification.

The most densely structured of the Grenache's thus far. Recessed and slow to emerge from its shell – The Kangarilla vineyard offers majesty in both extension and girth. The depth of savory, but fresh fruit within the extract remains with this vineyard for well over 15 years. Cleanliness and character define this site. More backward than the Blewitt Springs or Onkaparinga – it is almost the slowest maturing wine in the varietal domain.

Critical Acclaim

All Vintages
WS 95
Wine Spectator
Supple, majestic and expressive, layering blueberry, plum, green olive, cocoa and clove flavors into a coherent mosaic that trips engagingly through the long and seductive finish.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Kangarilla Vineyard Grenache offers a pronounced perfume of violets, chocolate covered cherries, black raspberries and fennel seed plus an earthy, forest floor and damp humus character. Opulent and full on the palate, it has a medium to high level of velvety tannins, high acidity and a long slightly warm finish.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Depending on the vintage, any of Clarendon Hills’ Grenaches can excel. In 2008, Kangarilla offers a lovely texture somewhere between fine silt and silk. Brandied cherries give an impression of warmth, balanced by herbal nuances and reined in by that fine-grained texture.
View More
Clarendon Hills

Clarendon Hills

View all wine
Clarendon Hills, McLaren Vale, Australia
Video of 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.

McLaren Vale

View all wine

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.


View all wine

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.

GWS1309_2008 Item# 131239