Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Syrah 2017
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.
” This is an elevated site with ironstone, pebble and shale with a very attractive, deeply spicy nose, as well as grilled meat and graphite. Some white pepper, too. The fruit sits around plum, currant and blackberry and is so intense on the palate with a glossy sheen to the tannins and an elegant, fine and long finish. So fresh and focused, really striking wine. Spice and pepper to close. Drink or hold. ”