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Clarendon Hills Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon

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If you’ve not heard of Clarendon Hills before, it’s because it’s one of the best kept secrets in South Australia. These wines are seriously rich and seductive and worth making space for in the cellar. Make sure lamb is on the menu if you open this rich and perfumed Cabernet that has an edge of dark chocolate. Very lifted black fruits and violets as well as complex characters of tobacco and cedar help present a classic Cabernet nose. The palate is all about chalky, structured tannins and plush, dense fruit before a persistent finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level. We pick 2-3 weeks later than McLaren Vale and enjoy longer, milder, more consistent ripening conditions.

Appearance: Deep purpled crimson.

Nose: Elegant, finely composed nose of violets, blackberries and cedar. Sculpted in style it lifts out the glass with pencil shavings, tobacco, graphite and hints of liquorice. Some meatiness lurking in there too.

Palate: Layers of refined flavours linger as the velvet like texture rolls on and on. Classically styled, with plushness and balanced flavours this will continue to evolve in the future.

Cellaring: Drink till 2030.

Alcohol: 14.6%

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Clarendon Hills Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured and almost bruising in style, with incredible concentration of black fruits and charry new oak a feature; the tannins are nothing short of epic in their proportions, which is in line with the density of the wine; simply a powerhouse of flavour. Drink by 2025.
ames Halliday – Australian Wine Companion. 2013.
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Classic Cabernet blackcurrant, coffee and cigar box meet McLaren Vale olives, game and earth in the complex wine. From a mature, fertile site, this is a dense, savoury wine with grippy tannin structure and well-controlled oak.
93
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Part of the extensive museum reserves available from Clarendon Hills, it leaves all the Brookmans that preceded it, and several that followed, in the shade; fine, long and elegant, with wonderful cassis fruit on the mid-palate, and silky tannins on the finish. Here, too, the oak card has been well played, even if it is more evident than that of the younger wines.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94

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