Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Syrah 2009
By James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah
Drink By: 2035
Date Tasted: 28 Aug 2012
Winery: Clarendon Hills
Region: Mclaren Vale
James Halliday - Published on 11 Jul 2013
Definitely in the new mode of Clarendon Hills. Deep, dark crimson-purple; an exceptionally complex bouquet with nuances of the roasted meats I normally find so elusive, together with tobacco and blackberry nuances; the impact of 18 months in 70% new French oak is obvious, as it is across all of the Clarendon Syrah and Cabernet range. The long and supple palate has lifted black fruit flavours supported by fine, ripe tannins. All in all, a lovely wine; from 90-year-old vines. Everything in its place.
By Wine Spectator
CLARENDON HILLS Syrah Clarendon Brookman 2009
Release Price: $75
Issue: Aug 31, 2015
Designation: Highly Recommended
Dense and sharply focused, with a powerful whoosh of blackberry, rhubarb and guava fruit, shaded by white pepper, licorice and floral notes. The detailed finish keeps up the intensity in this long and complex version. Best from 2017 through 2024. -HS
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2009 Clarendon Hills Shiraz Brookman Vineyard
A Syrah Dry Red Table wine from Australia, Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
eRobertParker.com # 199 (Feb 2012)
Drink 2012 - 2020
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Brookman Vineyard Syrah has an earthy / gamey character on the nose with underlying notes of kirsch, raspberry preserves, mocha and tar. Full bodied and concentrated in the mouth, it offers a firm level of chewy tannins and crisp acidity, finishing long and earthy. Drink it now to 2020. Importer: Wine Brokers Unlimited, Hayward, CA
By Clarendon Hills
2009 Brookman Syrah
Varietal Content: 100% Syrah
Varietal Origin: Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Alcohol Level: 14.50%
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. Founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990, the story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. Though never trained as a winemaker, Roman combined his scientific knowledge and artistic expression in the winery to create the single varietal wine portfolio of Clarendon Hills. Striving for pure vineyard and varietal expression, Clarendon Hills is dedicated to complex wines that rival the best in the world.
The grapes for our Brookman Syrah were handpicked from low-yielding, dry-grown old vines, and gently destemmed before undergoing whole berry fermentation. We used wild yeast fermentation to increase the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration. This wine aged for 18 months in tight-grained French oak barrels, of which a majority was new, and the balance was between one and four years old.
Refined and complex, our Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah is a unique expression of the grape. A blackened crimson color alludes to an intense nose full of roast meat, coffee beans, olive tapenade and black currant notes. Expansive on the palate, this Syrah is unctuously layered, with a great varietal depth, and lingering flavors of soft black licorice, blueberries and cream to make for an impressive horizon.
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