2001 Clarendon Hills "Clarendon Vineyard" Old Vines Grenache South Australia

SKU #1001674 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Grenache Old Vines Clarendon Vineyard’s soaring aromatics envelop the olfactory senses offering up notes of freshly ground pepper, spice box, plums, figs, black cherries, and balsam wood. Full-bodied, thick, and unctuously-textured with great finishing acidity that gives delineation and uplift to the wine’s enormous concentration and overall purity, it is a stunning example of old vine Grenache that should drink well for a decade. (RP)  (8/2003)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. High-pitched, perfumed, floral aromas of cherry, raspberry and eucalyptus. Dense and smooth; likely a coulis of liqueur-like red fruits. Not particularly complex but powerful, shapely and gripping. Finishes with smooth tannins and lingering, fresh flavors of gamey red fruits. Offers a compelling combination of texture and verve.  (8/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich in flavor and beautifully focused, a mini-explosion of dark berry, cherry, white pepper and crème fraîche flavors that last impressively on the juicy finish, picking up a nice hint of mineral. Tannins are firm but refined.  (8/2003)

K&L Notes

I tasted this wine out of barrel, and was knocked out! As great as all the other single vineyard Grenaches are from Roman, this at the time was the most expressive in aromatics and flavor profile. About 800 cases are made of this wine from the "Clarendon" vineyard, which was planted in the 1920s. It is usually slow to ripen, giving good hang time and development. There is a gorgeous perfumed nose of blue and black fruits with hints of coffee and cassis. The wine has great purity and length. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Southern Hemisphere wine buyer)

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
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South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale