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2003 Clarendon Hills "Kangarilla" Grenache

SKU #1064785 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Soft black cherry and cassis fruit are found in the sexy, seductive, dark ruby-colored 2003 Grenache Old Vines Kangarilla Vineyard. It is a full-bodied, rich, heady, strikingly delicious Grenache to enjoy over the next 7-8 years. (RP)  (10/2005)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Tight, smoothly polished and bursting with raspberry, blackberry, plum and sweet spice flavors that emerge with disarming simplicity but just expand on the palate, finishing seamless and beautifully balanced to last and last. (HS)  (4/2005)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brooding dark red. Seriously concentrated, imploded aromas of black cherry, roasted plum, kirsch and coconut. Then remarkably juicy and fresh on the palate, with vibrant redcurrant and wild strawberry flavors complicated by notes of anise, rose oil and juniper. The finish is high-pitched and fresh, with tangy acids and big, velvety tannins. (JR)  (8/2005)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Smells peppery and spicy, with meat, brown sugar and red pencil eraser to boot. Very pretty, chewy red fruit on the midpalate, though it's still not at its peak. Finishes long, with chalky-woody tannins.  (3/2005)

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- 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.


- 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.