Clarendon Hills Grenache Clarendon Kangarilla Vineyard 2002
"Robert Parker 94: The expansive, full-bodied 2002 Grenache Old Vines Kangarilla Vineyard offers aromas and flavors of pure kirsch liqueur. With in-your-face levels of fruit and glycerin, an unctuous texture, and a huge finish, it, too, should drink well for 10-15 years."" (10/04)Wine Spectator 93: Dense, ripe and tightly wound, a closed bud of a wine thats holding in acres of dark berry, cherry, rose petal and white pepper flavors that are bursting at the seams of superfine tannins. Has impeccable balance. Best from 2008 through 2020. (3/04) """
Clarendon Hills is a small family run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. With a philosophy to convey variety expression at an ultimate level, hand performance of every task ensures each step of the process is exacting to specification. Making wine in an old-school, low technology fashion - each decision bases the sight, smell, taste and interpretation as its mechanics.
The color is amazingly striking. It is typical deep, dark garnet, but it has an intense sparkle to it that I have not seen before. The nose is truly world class. I find roasted wood, candied black cherry, more candied black cherry, and Graham cracker. The palate is deep, dark, but bright. It has great structure and wonderful balance. The layers of flavor are dominated by candied cherry. The nose opened nicely after an hour in the decanter, but the palate still seemed a bit closed. Great wine.
More integrated after three days but it still finished too hot for my taste. Threre's no denying that there's a wealth of fruit and enough tannins to last a long time but will it ever be harmonious?
Wow, what a difference a few months makes! I opened a bottle of this in August and found it to be an unbalanced alcoholic beast that I just didn't understand. I opened my last bottle over the weekend and it behaved like a beauty, showing all its voluptuous curves. It offered up a beautiful nose of sweet dark fruits with a hint of nutmeg in the back ground. What amazed me the most was the palate. It was balanced and so nimble on its feet for a wine with 14.5% alcohol. A few months of sleep transformed this baby into a beauty. I wish I had more but I made a dumb mistake of selling a bunch after my tasting in August. Also, had a bottle of the 2002 Kangrilla Grenache and it was just as beautiful, if not a touch better than the Blewitt. Note to self: make sure to give some time with Clarendon Hills grenache wines before judging them.
Poured one glassful and corked the rest and put it in the ref. As suspected it's a huge wine, with impenetratable black color. For my taste there's too much confectionary nose. After 15 minutes in the glass there was nothing but confectionary nose, maybe candied cherries? Not my cup of tea today. I'll taste it again in couple of days to see if it develops any complexities....
I had a bottle of this on July 25, 2010, and it was still drinking nicely. Jammy fruit complemented tar, smoke, and earth; had the trademark kirsch/berry liqueur sweetness of a South Australian grenache. BUT! - drink this bottle NOW. The fruit was definitely on the decline, and I fear that further aging would only push the flavor profile too far to the "tar/earth" end of the spectrum. I'm glad I drank my bottle when I did.
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The expansive, full-bodied 2002 Grenache Old Vines Kangarilla Vineyard offers aromas and flavors of pure kirsch liqueur. With in-your-face levels of fruit and glycerin, an unctuous texture, and a huge... Robert Parker. A Grenache wine from South Australia in Australia. 2002 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Kangarilla Vineyard 750ml