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Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Syrah 2016


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.





” Côte Rôtie-like white pepper, salted meat, dried flowers, and both red and black fruits emerge from the 2016 Syrah Onkaparinga Vineyard, another vibrant, complex, singular wine in the lineup. It has a more cool climate- like vibe as well as complexity, yet it still bring beautiful depth and richness, ripe, silky tannins, and one heck of a great finish. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age, but it’s drinking incredibly well today with a decant and, as with the other Syrahs here, promises a solid two decades of longevity.”




” Ironstone and shale on a west-facing site that overlooks Onkaparinga Gorge. The nose has black olives as well as intense white pepper and some young, meaty notes across ripe blood plums, black cherries and licorice. The palate has such smooth, long, licoricy fruit flavors, together with plum pudding, some raisins and black-fruit paste. Really intense, long and spicy palate. The tannins are smooth, yet dense. Wow. Try from 2024.”



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