This wine is stylistically somewhere between the Liandra and the Brookman. It’s rich and dense, packed with authoritative flavors of dark fruits—blueberries and plums—accented by espresso and smoke. Long and powerful on the finish, with 10-plus years of ageability.
The most full-bodied and richly textured of the 2005 Grenaches from Clarendon Hills is the Romas. Its blackberry, chocolate and dried-spice flavors come at you in plush waves, showing great persistence on the finish. Despite the Cellar Selection designation, it’s probably best to drink this wine by about 2015. Imported by Wine Brokers Unlimited.
As might be expected from winemaker Roman Bratasiuk, this is a full-bodied, rich Syrah, loaded with dark scents of roast coffee, blueberries and baking spices. Blueberry, menthol and spice flavors dominate the palate, finishing long. Despite the massive richness, there’s plenty of elegance, too. Imported by Wine Brokers Unlimited.
Blewitt + Grenache + 2007 = something magical, to judge from the two offerings tasted for this report. Clarendon Hills’s bottling is dense and powerful yet doesn’t lose its way. Potent plum pudding and spice cake notes offer plenty of complexity and richness, without excessive weight. Long and slightly warming on the finish. Drink now–2017.
Verging on impenetrable, this is a dark and intensely concentrated offering. Aromas of asphalt, black olive and tea leaves hint at the complexities yet to emerge, while the richly tannic palate is chewy and drying yet mouthwatering at the same time. Drink 2015–2025.
Of all the Clarendon Hills 2008 Syrahs, the Moritz probably offers the best value. It’s plummy, dark and intense, with savory overtones of meat and spice that complement the wine’s full body and creamy texture. The long finish echoes with hints of coffee, meat and plummy fruit. Drink now–2020.
Full-bodied and lush in style, with aromas of cherries and spice. On the palate, it delivers waves of fresh fruit and hints of cocoa, but also enough complexity to hold your interest before finishing on a long, mouthwatering note. Drink now–2016.
Full of dense chocolate and plumcake aromas and flavors, this is a full-bodied, creamy, rich wine, perked up by hints of orange zest and spice. It’s mouthfilling and round, yet promises to reveal more complexity with several years in the cellar. Drink 2015–2025. Imported by Wine Brokers Unlimited.