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Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Grenache 2010

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Clarendon Hills Kangrilla Grenache opens with engaging aromas of fresh berries that lift with delicate spring blossoms and an ever so slight note of confectionary dust. This classically styled palate is multidimensional and complex yet simultaneously minimalistic and honest. This wine offers nuance and savory complexity through layers of red fruit flavors that mingle with talcum-like, drying tannins for a definitively different wine.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
A dark and brooding wine, with the black fruits again coming to the fore, in addition to prune and licorice, on the bouquet; deeply fruited on the palate, with powerful dark fruits covering the prodigious tannins with ease; long, rich and full-bodied.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet colored, the 2010 Kangarilla Grenache shows aromas of red plums and crushed mulberries with underlying Mediterranean herb, tree bark and pepper hints. Full-bodied with earthy and relatively restrained flavors in the mouth, it is marked by a medium to firm level of chewy tannins and balanced acid before finishing long and a little warm. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2019+. Rating: 91+
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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.

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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