2020 Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Grenache
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$65.00 / bottle
The Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Grenache is sourced from a single vineyard planted in the 1940’s and is located in the famously deep sands of Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. This classic old, bush vine vineyard produces absolutely magnificent fruit every year and is considered a prized Premier Cru vineyard by the winemaking team Clarendon Hills. The typical expression reveals notes of red and black cherry, blood orange, musk, violets, iodine and crushed rock, where baking spices elevates all to a highly exotic state. The talcum like extract makes for a textured mouthfeel and is perfect for pairing with a charcuterie plate. The 2020 release offers unbridled blood orange and fresh cut rose notes throughout the expression and is spectacular to enjoy.
Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. A sprawling hillside region 10 kms North East of McLaren Vale town centre famous for its added comparative elevation and abundant hillside aspects whose rich ironstone and deep sand deposits forge individual and highly fragrant wines. Blewitt Springs Grenache is a single vineyard wine from a patch of old gnarly bush vines that are dry grown and low yielding. This patch was planted in the 1940’s. This site has a South to South-Eastern aspect and is located at 230 metres above sea level and represents Blewitt Springs loamy, deep sand, free draining soils with pebbled ironstone, quartz and shale content.
Dryish conditions across 2019 winter saw very light fruit set in mid September. Dryish conditions continued and veraison occurred early in 2020 January and picking occurred shortly thereafter in mid February. The light crops then ripened under perfect conditions with cool Summer nights and demonstrate wines of rich fruit intensity and highly integrated structures and acidity.
Low yielding, dry grown vines from the Blewitt Springs region in McLaren Vale were hand-picked and followed by a 60% whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. All pressings were returned to barrel and eventually bottled onsite without fining or filtration after 18 months in French Oak. The Blewitt Springs Grenache represents a single vineyard wine, whereby all declassified parts are relegated to the Domaine Clarendon Grenache.
18 months, within a hierarchy of 1-5 year old tightly grained French Oak. Bottled at the winery with no fining or filtration.
100% Grenache, single vine, old vines
“The 2020 Blewitt Springs Grenache is perfumed, spicy, attractive... incredible. It’s long and plush, but the skeleton of tannins shows the longevity and precision of the style. There are notes of clove bud, raspberry pip, licorice, silty tannin and loads of exotic spice. And very fine saline acidity. I don’t talk much about acidity in these wines, but it pulses through the fruit and tannic framework... there’s blood and rose petals. I love this mightily.”
- Wine Advocate, Erin larkin
Extremely perfumed with flowers and red fruits. The palate is tight and compacted with fine tannins that are integrated and long, giving structured and vertical depth to this young wine. Give it time to soften and open. Drinkable but better after 2024.
- James Suckling.com
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