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CLARENDON HILLS Domaine Clarendon 2012

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CLARENDON HILLS Domaine Clarendon 2012

Domaine Clarendon Syrah (first vintage 2009) comes from a vineyard planted in 2005 using cuttings from Clarendon Hills’ famous Astralis vineyard. The carefully chosen site is, at 350 metres, the highest in McLaren Vale and offers yields of less than one tonne per acre. The wine itself is soft and seductive with an array of rich fruit aromas and flavours running from blackberry and blackcurrant to plum and blueberry. This style has plenty of immediate drinking appeal but savoury, earthy, spicy notes, background French oak and finely textured tannins indicate 5-10 year cellaring prospects. Good concentration and length of flavour, but also finesse and balance. A winning Shiraz style with wide appeal.
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Domaine Clarendon Syrah (first vintage 2009) comes from a vineyard planted in 2005 using cuttings from Clarendon Hills’ famous Astralis vineyard. The carefully chosen site is, at 350 metres, the highest in McLaren Vale and offers yields of less than one tonne per acre. The wine itself is soft and seductive with an array of rich fruit aromas and flavours running from blackberry and blackcurrant to plum and blueberry. This style has plenty of immediate drinking appeal but savoury, earthy, spicy notes, background French oak and finely textured tannins indicate 5-10 year cellaring prospects. Good concentration and length of flavour, but also finesse and balance. A winning Shiraz style with wide appeal.
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Code: CHDCMV
  • Varietal: Syrah
  • Country: Australia

Region McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine region is located between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St Vincent just South of Adelaide in South Australia. Historically it was John Reynell who established Chateau Reynella in 1838, and Thomas Hardy who purchased the historic Tintara in 1876, that kick started the development of the McLaren Vale wine industry. The climate is generally considered warm, although different aspects, altitude and the effect of the cooling ocean breezes moderate the climate within the different sub-regions of the Vale. A large number of soil types are present, although red-brown loams dominate. The biggest viticultural challenge is the potential for drought and the overall lack of water. Full bodied, robust and plush reds typify the McLaren Vale style. Plantings are dominated by Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, with smaller plantings of whites including Semillon, and Chardonnay. More recent plantings of Mediterranean varieties particularly suited to the climate, including Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Savagnin and Fiano have also been very successful.

Winery CLARENDON HILLS

Inspired by the classic South Australian wines of the 1950s and 1960s, particularly Penfolds, the visionary Roman Bratasiuk, a former biochemist, bought the old Elysium winery at Blewitt Springs, near Clarendon in McLaren Vale. By chance he found the nearby 10 acre Astralis Vineyard as a source of "as good as you can get" Shiraz. The vines were first planted in 1920 with 19th century colonial vine-stock derived from Chateau Reynella. Best known for the flagship wine Astralis Syrah, Clarendon Hills also produces a portfolio of single vineyard age-worthy Grenache & Syrah wines derived from 35 to 75-year-old dry grown vines, from the Clarendon, Blewitt Springs and Kangarilla sub-regions of McLaren Vale.