2001 Clarendon Hills "Romas Vineyard" Old Vine Grenache South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet-brick in color, the 2001 Romas Vineyard Grenache flaunts attractive aromas of ripe cherries, kirsch, licorice, black pepper and charcoal. A bit of a beast, this full-bodied, rich and dense wine is contoured by a medium level of very fine tannins and a lively, balanced acid line before it finishes long and layered. Drink it now to 2020. I am grateful to Roman Bratasiuk for presenting me with small verticals from his cellar of some of his greatest vineyard sources for this report, including the Merlot (as an indication that Merlot can do well in Australia!), the Old Vines/Romas Vineyard Grenache and a vertical of the Astralis vineyard Shiraz going back to 1991. (LPB)
*Highly Recommended* A stunning wine, enormously rich and layered in flavor, offering black cherry, blackberry, plum and wild raspberry character on a surprisingly refined frame, letting it all cascade beautifully through a supple, elegant finish. It has plenty of refined tannins, but you don't notice them till everything else has commanded attention. (HS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black cherry, violet, licorice and espresso; a rather Rayas-like style of Grenache. Chewy, rich and sweet but also quite suave. A succulent, superripe basket of fruits complicated by torrefaction notes of coffee and chocolatey oak. Long, chewy, powerful finish builds impressively. The '99 version of this wine was aged in 100% new oak; here, 30% seems perfectly appropriate. (JO)
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is more compact than that of the Clarendon Grenache of the same vintage, with clean, dark berry fruit; the palate, in turn, is very powerful, oozing tannins, and to be left strictly alone for a decade.