2020 Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Syrah
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$150.00 / bottle
The Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Syrah vineyard is classified by Clarendon Hills as a Grand Cru site and possesses phenomenal power and a wealth of complexity. The Onkaparinga Syrah produces one of the most prolific Syrah expressions in the Clarendon Hills cellar every vintage. The vineyard used to be considered a Penfolds Grange constituent site in the 1980’s and the pedigree is clearly evident. Deeply layered and recessed, laying in wait for future generations is a story of ancient Blewitt Springs terroir. The site sits atop of the famous Blewitt Springs deep sandy soils and is located in rocky ironstone, shale and quartz pebbles and when coupled with very old, dry grown, pre-phylloxera Syrah vines, they forge an expression of first class Australian terroir that rivals the best in the world.
Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale. 250 metres above sea level. High altitiude Blewitt Springs site above the sands. Terroir composed of decomposed ironstone, quartz, shale and schist. Circa 750 million year old geology sprawls across the vineyard location.
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.
18 months, within a hierarchy of 1-5 year old tightly grained French Oak. Bottled at the winery with no fining or filtration.
100% Syrah, old vine, single vineyard
The 2020 Onkaparinga Syrah is exotic and riddled with roast meats, black olive, graphite, iodine, minerality, Sichuan and pink peppercorns. Superb. Christ. How this will make it through the gauntlet of cellar raids and make it into old age, I don’t know. Magical.
- Wine Advocate, Erin Larkin
Onkaparinga is such a good name.
Black fruit, liquorice, grilled meat, plenty of spice and perfume. Medium to full-bodied, dense, pencils and black olive, tight slate-like tannin, raspberry pip acidity, a little saline and iodine, more pepper and spice, no shortage of impact and intensity, though not heavy, and the finish rolls long and thick with firm tannin and spicy roast meat flavours, dried herb perfume too. Excellent. So distinctive.
- The Wine Front, Gary Walsh
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