CLARENDON HILLS - Clarendon Grenache 2015
Red fruits of the forest and pronounced spices typically headline this beautiful expression. Vivid kirsch and cherry fruits are balanced with ginger, white pepper, iodine, violets, fresh thyme and sarsaparilla.
"Vivid purple hue; a deeply black fruited wine, showing how ripe grenache can get in the region without overstepping the mark; ferrous and bloody, with bitter chocolate, garrigue herbs and mocha in abundance; the tannins are chewy, yet in step with the extravagant fruit on offer."
Rated 94 points - James Halliday
Purpled ruby crimson
The Clarendon Grenache vineyard has again delivered another gorgeous example of how vineyards on one side of the hill in Clarendon can differ massively from the other side. Despite being metres apart from the sister ‘Hickinbotham Grenache’ site; the ‘Clarendon Grenache’ vineyard is located on the South/South Westerly side of the hill. Both vineyards are made exactly the same way, yet we receive two completely unique and somewhat polarising expressions. As a result of the cool/shaded Southern aspect: the Clarendon Grenache site typically expresses asianÂ spiced red fruits and ‘Garrigue herb’ qualities. This years extremely lifted fruit perfume displays perfect red cherry, kirsch liqueur and fleshy Gooseberry’s while nuanced ginger powder and white pepper transform theÂ lifted lavender/wild thyme/basil notes into another stratosphere. It is extremely impressive and the elegant emergence of a mineral vineyard/terroir character is one to keep an eye on over the years.
The spiced red fruit notes, seen on the nose integrate with long and extremely fine, chalky textured tannins. The balance of unique vintage spice and the clarity of varietal characters make for a highly pleasing expression of old vine Clarendon Grenache. Lavender and rose petal notes entwine on the palate to make this a truly hedonistic experience. Considering the silkiness and polish drink this pleasurably now or cellar for 10 + years if funky leathery/truffle vineyard characters are your preference.
CLARENDON HILLS are vineyard and varietal expressionists striving for purity and perfection. We are dedicated to single vineyard terroir wines that rival the best in the world. Clarendon Hills is situated in the highest reaches of Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region.
We believe in unearthing a sense of place and season through a jurassic park style of viticulture. Our wines are born from rare, pre-phylloxera vines grounded in ancient soil over 750 million years old.