Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Grenache 2016
The Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Grenache site is located in the clay based soils of Kangarilla, McLaren Vale. Planted in the 1940’s and once trellised, the vines now grow as they please. The clay in the soil assist with soil moisture retention during warmer years and keeps this vineyard fresh when the conditions stress other sites in warmer harvests.
” All de-stemmed Grenache brought up in Burgundy barrels, the 2016 Grenache Kangarilla Vineyard reveals a dense purple hue to go with a rich, meaty, full-bodied style that carries lots of red and black currant fruits, grilled herbs (rosemary, thyme), melted licorice, chocolate, and chalky minerality. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has a rounded, expansive texture, lots of richness, and some big, beefy tannins. It’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for over a decade. If drinking any time soon, give bottles an hour in a decanter.”
“Reminiscent of Southern Rhône, this deeply hued, dense Grenache is under natural cork. Initial mustiness takes time to blow off and reveal the plump, slightly raisiny berry and plum fruits and floral notes. Savory roasting herbs and spices and river-stone nuances follow. Tannins are powerful and powdery, cinching the juicy, silky fruit and spice. This wine still has life, through 2026 at least. If drinking now, get the decanter ready and serve with roast lamb. ”
The Wine Enthusiast, Christina Pickard
” This is grown on a clay soil profile and has such vivid, complex aromas with forest wood and bracken, as well a dry brown spices. The vivid, dark-red berries and cherries are stunning. Powerful, fleshy and fresh palate here. Try from 2023.”