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Clos Clare The Hayes Boy Grenache

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Though the Clare Valley is renowned for Shiraz and Cabernet there’s a fair bit of Grenache too. The fruit for this wine was grown biodynamically and was planted back in 1975, the vineyard produces low yields of full-flavoured grapes. It’s got a dreamy nose of raspberries and blueberries and delivers a decadent and textured palate of berries. Drink it with demonstrative cuts of meat or cellar it for a few years.

Winemaker's Notes

This luscious 2009 Grenache comes from the dry-grown "Hayes Vineyard", planted by Kevin Hayes in 1975. Run on biodynamic principles , pruned and jigged by one devoted vine dresser, the low yields deliver great character.

92 Points Jubey and juicy, cherries and raspberry rope, floral and aniseed lift – smells good. Then medium weight with pleasant loose knit grainy tannin, some savouries and a pleasant dryness, but the fruit is seductive and tasty with a pervasive taste of aniseed throughout. Good finish. Dangerous sort of wine. You could belt a bottle with bowl of slow cooked oxtail, or similar, in no time flat. Drink now to 2016

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Clos Clare The Hayes Boy Grenache

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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This has an unmistakeable nose of grenache's red fruits and brambly wild mountain herbs, and an earthy thread too. The palate delivers attractive ripe, sappy red-fruit flavour amid nicely proportioned tannins and a fresh, even finish. Quite concentrated - nice and pure.
The Good Wine Guide
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Vibrant, lifted, raspberry confectionery-like bouquet with earthy/chocolaty notes. Intense and inky in the mouth, with sweet varietal fruit flavours and dry, savoury tannins. 3-5
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
While the colour is the usual Clare light red-purple, the bouquet and palate have greater stature than the normal offering; there is more structure courtesy of fine, savoury tannins and more plum and raspberry fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Plush, rounded, soft and moreish, here's a grenache to enjoy young. Fresh plum, cherry, rhubarb and violet fruit is supported by finely textural tannins which glide smoothly into a lingering blueberry finish.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A small patch of grenache, we are told, that's looking nicely in form here with a bright red hue and plenty of ripe red fruits, with earthy hints below - really smells terrific! The palate has velvet-like tannins that gather through the finish with gentle chew; there's a decent wave of red fruit flavour and convincing push.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
To 2012
Australian Wine Companion 2011

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