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Clarendon Hills Romas Grenache 2004

October 15, 2007

img_3674.jpgIn 2003 Robert Parker named Clarendon Hill as one of Australia and the world’s greatest wineries. Regarding the old vine Grenache wines even the comparison with DRC has been made. It’s not hard to see why. Both producers entirely focus on the expression of terroir and accordingly use the appropriate viticultural and winemaking practices and both make wines of supreme quality that are considered as the ultimate varietal benchmarks. The grapes for the Romas Grenache are sourced from the highest part of the Blewitt Springs vineyard that was planted in 1925. With yields as low as 1 tonne per acre the fruit is ripe, rich and concentrated. The hand-picked grapes are warm fermented by natural yeasts and after a long macaration the wine is returned to 2-3 years old French barriques. To capture the unique character of the vineyard the wine is not filtered and fined before bottling. This all results in a deep purple wine that releases a wonderfully perfumed aroma, ethereal and ever changing in the glass. Starting with ripe plum, raspberry, sweet dark-cherry and exotic spice underlying aromas of mushrooms and earth are slowly released increasing the overall complexity. All these characters are combined on a weighty and chewy palate that is pure, rich and complex yet extremely well balanced and focused. This exquisite wine is a showcase for what this underrated variety can achieve with unconditional love and dedication and it will even get better over the next couple of years. 97 points.

Source: Domaine Wine Shippers  Price: $139  Drink: 2009-2020