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1996 Clarendon Hills "Kangarilla Vineyard" Old Vine Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1493054 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Two of the most decadent wines made on planet Earth are the limited production (about 900 cases of each) of Old Vine Grenache. In 1996, there are three offerings, but I only tasted two, the Blewitt Springs and Kangarilla Vineyard. The Blewitt Springs is the first wine I have ever tasted that may be almost too rich to drink. Consequently, I have a slight preference for the 1996 Kangarilla Vineyard (15% alcohol). The latter wine offers an opaque purple color, and a smashingly intense, decadent nose of black raspberries, blueberries, and pepper, followed by equally impressive thick, viscous, super-concentrated, remarkably pure and well-balanced flavors. There are no hard edges to this huge old vine Grenache. The wine's glycerin level (because of the high alcohol) gives it a sweet impression on the palate, and thus it can be drunk now. However, I predict this wine will last for 15 or more years. The wine was aged in 3-4 year old barrels. No new oak is used, and the wine is the better for it. This is one of my favorite Australian wineries and readers who have followed my reviews know of my enthusiasm for recent vintages of the Old Vine Grenache, Astralis, and Merlot. I have not reviewed any Clarendon Hills Chardonnays because I am not fond of oxidized, earthy Chardonnays. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/1998)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Saturated deep ruby. Flamboyant nose combines dark berries, sappy black cherry, clove and shoe polish. Huge and seamless on the palate, with a primary crushed berry character and enough sheer material to buffer the 15% alcohol. Finishes with a boatload of tongue-coating but even tannins. Extraordinary grenache. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/1998)

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