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