2021 Domaine Clarendon BDX

$45.00 / bottle

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2021 Domaine Clarendon BDX

$45.00 / bottle

The 2021 release of Domaine Clarendon BDX is an exciting edition that presents sophisticated depth and concentration of Merlot and charismatic Cabernet overtones. Ready to drink, this release promises to compliment the finest of dining experiences. This 2020 edition reflects an equal 45% Merlot and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon composition. Arriving at 13.5% it is elegantly weighted and not overly extracted, prime for early enjoyment. Taste pure cassis and wild mulberry fruits with a veil of autumnal earth and lead pencil shavings in the background. There is sage, porcini, cassis, coco powder and cedar shaving on the layered and medium weighted palette. Hedonistic.

Additional information

Weight 1.547 kg

Specifications

Region

Region

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. The Merlot was planted in 1990 and the Cabernet 1995 and represent excellent younger vine material used for the composition of the Domaine Clarendon BDX. This site has a Eastern aspect and is located at 220 metres above sea level and represents Blewitt Springs’ lower altitude terroir with heavy sands across limestone.

Conditions

Conditions

After three dry and warm-to-hot vintages in a row, 2021 was a bit of a relief for local winemakers. Heavy rain in the early growing season gave healthy levels of balanced fruit, with the total crush up 28% from the lows of 2020. After a hot start to the season, the weather cooled in December, avoiding any significant heat spikes. The cooler ripening weather and elevated yields show in the elegance and generous fruit in the wines.

Winemaking

Winemaking

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.

Maturation

Maturation

18 months, within a hierarchy of 1-5 year old tightly grained French Oak. Bottled at the winery with no fining or filtration.

Grape Variety

Grape Variety

50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, Vines planted in. 1990.

Closure

Closure

DIAM

Production

Production

12,000 bottles

Winemaker

Winemaker

Roman Bratasiuk

"This is a vastly superior wine than many a claret, even higher-tier efforts. A superlative medium-bodied wine for the money. Clay loam, tomato leaves, stewed plums, dried kelp and graphite. Subdued, savory and taut in the very best sense, with no restraint on the flow of fruit. So good. If only Bordeaux at this price was anywhere near as good. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
94/100

- James Suckling, Ned Goodwin MW

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