Magnificent Grenache. Huge mouthing coating texture. Lovely mature dark fruit and a terrific peppery very long finish. A truly memorable and special occasion wine. Awesome value for the price. Great to think I have 13 remaining!
Drank over a three hour period, filled with dark cherries, raspberry and developed a peppery ambiance near the end of the evening. Medium bodied with slightly grippy tannins, a classic Clarendon Hills Grenache,enjoyed it as much as the 2004 that also came from the Blewitt Springs vineyard.
Writing partially from memory. Colour was a nice hue of dark purple. Lots of legs. Nose of raspberries and plum with nuances of meatiness and cherries lingering in the background. Palate was very big and full. Sweet raspberries, cherries and other red berries i've forgotten making appearances whilst all wrapped up in rounded acidity and smooth, unobtrusive tannins. A very good and balanced wine. Drink now and chill it slightly. The very maximum should be at 21°C or else the wine will be slightly dominated by heat/alcohol.
Slow o'd for 1 hour and enjoyed over 3 hours. It was darn good upon opening but only got better from there.
No flamboyant raspberry or kirsch notes for me, like other vintages and this wine showed more like a Rhone than one from Oz. Rich notes of plum, pepper, meat with hints of raspberry at times that followed suit on that plush and round palate.
I really liked this wine and of the 7 vintages I've had of this wine, this was one of the best bottles I've enjoyed.
Amazing intensity of fruit. Touch of browning to rim. Tons of raspberry cordial. Redcurrants. Cured meats. Fine rounded tannins, decent acidity. Not for casual drinking, a big powerful wine. Would like to try again as a BBQ wine. Decanted about an hour.
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