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Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah

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The Clarendon Hills name has become a famous brand on the international scene with international collectors mad keen to get their greedy mitts on these prestige wines. Not a bad result for owner Roman Bratasiuk who has never been formerly trained as a winemaker but is a bio-chemist by trade with a penchant for seriously good vino. This is seriously complex Syrah full of black and blue fruit, heaps of savoury personality as well as an earthy spice. Silky tannins carry the fruit across the palate in a seamless manner and convey a wine of impeccable structure.

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: Blackened crimson.

Nose: Incredibly staggering presentation of rich roasted meats, roasted coffee beans, tapenade, cigar tobacco and black currant liqueur. The facade appears polished and cream-like smooth. Low and seductive it appears to need time to emerge from its shell.

Palate: A panoramic 16:9 aspect tantalises the entire palate with a frighteningly realistic rendition of fresh blueberries and cream. However, savoury complexities actually dominate the palate experience and increase in intensity to a sublime peak then slowly fade.

Cellaring: 2016 to 2039.

Alcohol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Dense, inky purple-crimson, purple to the fore; hugely concentrated and complex with years, if not decades, to go before the bouquet fully opens up; the flavours of the full-bodied palate centre on blackberry, licorice, spice and a touch of tobacco; cedary new French oak and tannins are submerged in oceans of fruit. Drink by 2040.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion. 2013.
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Dence, inky purple-crimson, purple to the fore; hugely concentrated and complex with years, if not decades, to go before the bouquet fully opens up; the flavours of the full-bodied palate centre on blackberry, licorice, spice and a touch of tobacco; cedary new French oak and tannins are submerged in oceans of fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Rather blocky and chunky, this sumptuously ripened shiraz is more of a traditional McLaren Vale style, with a dark, meaty and chocolatey bouquet of blackberries, dark plums and cassis backed by nuances of cedary/smoked oyster oak plus a slightly baked, currant-like aspect. It’s dense but vibrant and briary presence of dark plums, berries if framed by an assertive, drying undercarriage and smooth, polished oak. More robust than elegant.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep, dark crimson-purple; an exceptionally complex bouquet with nuances of the roasted meats I normally find so elusive, together with tobacco and blackberry; 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; 595 dozen made from 90-year-old vines.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A powerful, juicy and generous regional shiraz with some edgy and greenish aspects. Its wild, rustic bouquet of dense, dark fruits, wooly, lanolin-like influences, musky exotic spices and briar reveals funky sulphide-like undertones. Its deep, plush and sweetly fruited palate marries licorice and jujubelike flavours of cassis, blackberries and mulberries with dusty, firmish tannins, finishing with some greenish edges and a hint of roast lamb fat.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very spicy and elegant, this grenache-like shiraz has a meaty, also herbal, floral and rather confiture-like bouquet of musky plum and berry fruit backed by nuances of animal hide and sweetly aromatic oak. It's deeply concentrated, with juicy, faintly baked fruit finishing a little abruptly, with lingering notes of licorice, spice and a powerful grip of assertive, drying tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep colour, with the first stages of development; the bouquet has mulled fruits, multi-spices and dark chocolate aromas, the intense, full-bodied palate providing more the same, savoury, spicy characters leading the charge. High-quality cork, perfectly inserted.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Cooked and spirity, lacking its typical length of fruit, it's slightly hot and medicinal, with a dull, smoky and almost soupy bouquet of currants, plums and blackberries lifted by a hint of violet. Its palate appears stripped of fruit, although there are some attractive underlying elements of ripe flavour.
2008-2011+
Australian Wine Annual 2010
86
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Deep, brooding and dark-fruited, this powerful and deeply layered shiraz complements its slightly jujube-like flavours of black and red berries with charry oak plus nuances of smoked meats, cloves, nutmeg and white pepper. It's briary and perfumed, with ethereal suggestions of sar-saparilla over meaty and leathery undertones. Long, smooth and seamless, it's framed by firm, pliant tannins, finishing peppery and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A deeply flavoured and impactful shiraz of excellent balance and rustic charm. Its smoky, fruitcake-like aromas of currants, prunes and cassis reveal some ultra-ripeness of fruit but appealingly complex undertones of game meats black pepper and vanilla/walnut oak. Sumptuously, concentrated and steeped in black berry flavour it flirts with over-ripeness, but retains a juicy, vibrant core of genuinely ripe fruit, finishing savoury and spicy.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
96

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