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2005 Clarendon Hills "Romas" Grenache Clarendon South Australia

SKU #1053645 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2005 Grenache Romas Vineyard delivers more complexity than the Onkaparinga, both aromatically and on the palate. An enticing perfume of damp earth, truffle, clove, black cherry, and blackberry is followed by a full-bodied, powerful, structured wine which will need a decade to reveal its full potential. Although it oozes with fruit and can be enjoyed now, it merits extended cellaring. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Saturated ruby. Room-filling aromas of strawberry preserves, raspberry, kirsch, Asian spices and floral oils. Densely packed red and dark berry flavors are framed by supple tannins but seem to overwhelm them, with a sweet vanilla bean quality adding further complexity. Finishes with outstanding depth, precision and length, leaving palate-staining raspberry in its wake. What the hell do you serve this with, and does it matter? (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2007)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Firm in texture, this is tremendously generous with its red cherry and lingonberry flavors. A bit tart, but so fleshy that it wins the day, picking up some welcome minerality as the finish goes on and on. (HS) Inner quote mark (10/2007)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A massive Grenache, this is neither sweet nor overpowering in its concentrated red fruit flavor. Instead, it manages a sort of generous elegance, with subtle complexity under a velvet texture. Earthy tannins follow that balance of controlled power. For the cellar. Inner quote mark (10/2008)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The most full-bodied and richly textured of the 2005 Grenaches from Clarendon Hills is the Romas. Its blackberry, chocolate and dried-spice flavors come at you in plush waves, showing great persistence on the finish. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (10/2008)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2013 | Send Email
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Very aromatic with crushed flowers, blackberry liqueur, vanilla pod and Star Anise. A beautifully saturated palate with blackcurrant, cassis and rich sandalwood and Asian spices. The mouth feel is dense but not too extracted; the wine feels supple and pure on the palate. The tannins have become very elegant and fine after 7 long years in the bottle that have given this wine the final polish it required in its youth. This is pure power and concentration but also very classy, stylish and defined. Drinking beautifully right now but undoubtedly will go on like this for another 5+ years. I would have paid the $90 for a bottle but at this price I guess I can afford two or three!
Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2013 | Send Email
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A huge step up from the previously offered 2005 Clarendon Hills wines the 2005 Clarendon Hills Romas Grenache epitomizes the best of the best when it comes to single-vineyard Grenache in Australia. The Romas comes from the steepest part of the Blewitt Springs vineyard which gives the wine a refined feel and laser-beam focused fruit along with amazing structure and length. The Romas has alluring aromas of black plum and black cherry fruit with subtle hints of spice and earth while on the palate the wine displays remarkable vibrancy with juicy, mouthwatering red and black fruit flavors. The wine displays great structure and body with layer upon layer of complex flavors and a long seductive finish. This is a screaming deal for a wine that usually sells for more than double the price we are offering it for.
Drink from 2013 to 2014

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