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2005 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Romas
- South Australia
Community Tasting Notes 47
Derek Darth Taster wrote: (93 points)
April 23, 2016 - Pop and poured. Drank over 2 hours. At Uncle Sunny's.
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Sediments towards bottom of bottle.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of blueberries, plums, licorice, spice. Developed.
On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, high alcohol (14.5%), medium+ tannins, full body. Pronounced flavour intensity, with flavours of licorice, blueberries, dark red plums, deep raspberry/red cherry jam, spice. Long finish.
Very good quality. Fruity Aussie style, and though not utterly complex or profound, it is holding back from the jammy side and is quite nuanced. Drinking at peak now. Enjoy over next 2-3 years. Unlikely to improve any further.
Bluffan wrote: (93 points)
February 8, 2016 - Remarkably fruity for its age. Smooth, soft tannis.
Francophile1 Likes this wine: (93 points)
November 27, 2015 - A great wine with an explosive nose and aromatics in the glass. Hard to ignore the signature of Grenache in the nose... this would be fairly easy to pick out blinded for the varietal. However, what would be difficult to pin down is the provenance. Too much fruit to be a CDP, but it has enough balance and elegance to not shout out that it is from Australia either. Decanted for 90 minutes. Loads of candied red fruit (black cherry and black raspberry) which on the finish reminded me of a cross between a Luden's cough drop and a candy covered apple. Not my style of wine, but I respect it. A nice wine!
cmueller Likes this wine: (91 points)
November 20, 2015 - In a good place, could age some more but drinkable now. Fruit still good with raspberry's prominent while balancing some of the old world earthiness.
Jmb4263 wrote: (94 points)
October 9, 2015 - Rhone varietal tasting party and this was the winner. Really drinking beautifully now. Nice balance of fruit and earth.
Pro Reviews 1
By Josh Raynolds
September/October 2007, IWC Issue #134 (link)
(Clarendon Hills Grenache Romas Clarendon) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 2005
- Type Red
- Producer Clarendon Hills
- Varietal Grenache
- Designation Old Vines
- Vineyard Romas
- Country Australia
- Region South Australia
- SubRegion Fleurieu
- Appellation Clarendon
- Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
- In Cellars 529 (64%)
- Consumed 292 (36%)