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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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4.0 33 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, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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