Clarendon Hills is having a moment now, so why not learn from history and check in on some past vintages? Their 2009 'Clarendon' Grenache presents that opportunity with an old-vine source vineyard. Aged to a point where the concentrated fruit has finally pulled back, its nuanced layers of saddle leather aroma, umami and dried strawberry flavors, and highly polished oak notes reveal the great design ambitions of a visionary producer. Classic Australian reds like this can be sipped on as a 'meditation wine' or poured as a companion for Korean barbecue short ribs, so order yours while it's still in stock!
Member Rating: 91
|Unit Size||750.00 ML
By Clarendon Hills
2009 Clarendon Grenache
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.
Our Clarendon Hills 'Clarendon' Grenache offers a perfumed expression of exotic fruits, dried thyme, and potpourri. The mid-palate texture and lengthy extract underline the savory ripeness of the Clarendon Vineyard. With clean acidity, this wine appears forward and geared for earlier maturity.
The grapes for our Clarendon Grenache were handpicked from low-yielding, dry-grown, 85-year-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 85% were new, and 15% were between one and four years old.
Varietal Content: 100% Grenache
Varietal Origin: South Australia
[Information provided by Gallo]
2009 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Clarendon Vineyard
Producer: Clarendon Hills
From: Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale
Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue Date: 22nd Dec 2011
Source: 199, The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet colored with a tinge of purple, the 2009 Clarendon Grenache offers notes of raspberry preserves, kirsch and cinnamon toast with hints of potpourri and damp soil. Full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the flesh is well supported by a medium to firm level of velvety tannins and very crisp acid, finishing long. [...].
CLARENDON HILLS Grenache Clarendon Clarendon 2009
Region: Australia / Clarendon
Issue: Aug 31, 2015
Fresh and vital, this medium-weight version shows a quinine edge to the dark berry flavors, which persist against refined tannins as the finish lingers. [...]. — HS