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Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Syrah 1997

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    Looking at the wine it is a deep and dark red, purple, and almost black. There is no color loss near the rim and it is hard to determine whether it is clear because the color is so deep.

    There is an amazing burst of aromas. The fruit flavors are ripe and sweet cherries with some dark berries thrown in for good measure. Underpinning the more prominent fruit is an earthy mineral component, which adds an extra level of complexity.

    On the palate there is all that is all that is on the palate and more. Notbaly some roasted meat flavours. The fruit flavors manifest themselves in a juicy brew, and the vanilla from the oak is a little more in the background, but still present and adding to the overall richness and complexity of the wine.

    Powerful but beautifully balanced tannins highlight the lengthy finish. This is a wine that will age for a very long time, quite possibly up to 20 years. Yet such is the balance you can drink it at any stage of its development and you will enjoy it.

    As a young wine just compliment it with a simple cheese course, using aged hard cheese such as Reggiano or Gruyere and some quince paste as a little sweetener. After a few years in the bottle this wine will be perfect with rich flavoursome game dishes such a share and venison.

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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.

    SHC0029507_1997 Item# 29212