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Clarendon Hills Moritz Syrah 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
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14.5% ABV
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4.3 32 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Tall, dark and handsome, our Clarendon Hills Moritz Syrah presents itself in a seductive and brooding bouquet with notes of earth, spice and blueberry that intertwine with roasted meats and cocoa. The palate is balanced and intense with flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. The super-tight extract offers a journey of textures juxtaposed within savory complexities, leading to a blueberry and cream finish.

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Deep purple-crimson; not made very year; aromas of dark chocolate and spice, then an impressive black-fruited palate with an element of austerity which makes a positive contribution to a very good wine.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Moritz Vineyard Syrah is scented of cassis, blueberry preserves and Provencal herbs with hints of raw meat and black olives. Full, rich and concentrated, the savory fruit is supported by firm tannins and crisp acid throughout a lengthy finish. Drink it 2014 to 2024+. Rating: 94+
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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.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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