2005 Clarendon Hills "Kangarilla" Grenache Clarendon South Australia

SKU #1053641 94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2005 Grenache Kangarilla Vineyard is the most overtly fruity and flamboyant of the Grenache offerings. It offers up gobs of black raspberry and black cherry aromas and flavors in its layered, full-bodied personality. There are well concealed tannins which will allow it to have an extended drinking window of 10-15 years although it can be enjoyed now. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2007)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Dark purple. Seductive red and dark berry liqueur aromas are complicated by exotic incense, floral oil and spices; has the pungency of a head shop. Lush and creamy, with deep raspberry and mulberry flavors that reach every square inch of the palate. With its molten tannins, there are no rough edges to distract from the sweet berry fruit. I'm sure that this will age but I'd have no trouble drinking it now, and loving it. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2007)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark With a bouquet reminiscent of plum pudding and dense, almost fudge-like flavors, this may be a slightly controversial wine. It’s full bodied and richly textured, with chocolate and plum flavors that linger a long time on the finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (10/2008)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This concentrated grenache holds its superripe fruit and alcohol in a velvety mouthful of flavor. The seamless texture is brightened by floral scents and lasting red cherry fruit. Inner quote mark (10/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Lithe and delicately spicy, with boysenberry and cherry notes mingling smoothly on the finish. The fine tannins lend just enough support, hinting at sandalwood as this lingers well. Inner quote mark (10/2007)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2012 | Send Email
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Another great wine in a run of Clarendon releases we have gotten our hands on for crazy prices. This bottle is at that perfect balance point where the primary fruit has backed off just a touch. The tannins have resolved to a supple soft texture. There are just hints of secondary bottle age elements creeping in to add complexity to a very bold, pure core of sappy dark red fruit. This is a nice example of a rich, saturated, fruit driven wine that still has balance and focus to age gracefully without falling apart at the seams. Great stuff at this silly price!
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By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2012 | Send Email
I can still remember barrel tasting through winemaker Roman Bratasiuk's entire portfolio of wines over a decade ago and he continues to champion the single vineyard, terrior driven Grenache and Syrah he has becone known for.The Kangarilla vineyard Grenache was planted in 1942 on heavy clay soils and is the only trellised vineyard of his Grenache sites. The bouquet shows wild brambly black raspberry and dark cherry notes with notes of earth, crushed stone, Asian spices and a hint of sandlewood incense. On the palate there is a ripe core of fruit that is framed by fine grained tannins with good drive through the long finish.

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