Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Syrah 2016
The Onkaparinga Syrah vineyard is classified by Clarendon Hills as a Grand Cru vineyard. As the vines get increasingly older this vineyard vies for one of the very best perfumes in our Syrah cellar every year. Deeply layered and recessed, laying in wait for future generations is a story of ancient Blewitt Springs terroir. This site atop of the famous Blewitt Springs deep sandy soils with pebbled ironstone, shale and quartz 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.”