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Domaine Clarendon 2015


  • Description

    Colour: Black, purpled crimson.

    Nose: Demonstrating a core of black fruit, lifted violet, lavender, kalamata olives, asian spices, minerality and game meat.

    Palate: Polished and impressively rounded on the palate. Substantial mid palate weight is densely packed with cassis and rose petal notes. There is a framework of muscularity and power however sweet and supple tannins mask any rigidity.

  • Reviews (3)
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    1. cru

      Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Domaine Clarendon Syrah displays slightly reduced notes of tar and tires over a core of ripe black fruits and black pepper with underlying bacon and earth hints. Full-bodied and packed with blackberry and savory flavors, it is supported by medium to firm, grainy tannins and is lifted with refreshing acid before finishing long. Drink it 2014 to 2019+.


      eRobertParker.com- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (February, 2013)

    2. cru

      Full colour, the accent on purple; very different to the other ’10s, with a fresh, savoury/spicy palate, and foresty tannins draped around French oak. Drink by 2025

      Date tasted: 12/1/2013


      James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    3. Alex Bratasiuk

      2018 Wine Advocate

      Take the fine, elegant elements of the 2014, turn up the intensity and you’ve got the exceptional 2015 Domaine Clarendon Syrah. Herbal nuances of thyme and bay leaf accent blueberry fruit, while spice and licorice shadings linger on the rich, velvety finish.

      95 Points

      Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate 2018

  • Winemakers Notes

    REGION: Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale, South
    Australia. 350 mtrs above sea level.

    CONDITIONS: Favourable winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding.

    VINEYARD: Domaine Clarendon is a 35 acre single stake vineyard located at the crown of Clarendon’s hills – it’s the highest altitude vineyard in McLaren Vale. Zero top soil – all rocks. Vines planted in 2005.

    WINEMAKING: 2nd year ever picked; single stake, non-cordon trellised, dry grown vines are hand picked and a whole berry, wild yeast fermentation ensues. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.

    MATURATION: 18 months. 50% brand new, 50% aged French oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team for bottling.

    GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Syrah
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 20016-2043
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.0% VA: 0.5 g/Lt TA: 5.3 g/Lt pH: 3.64
    PRODUCTION: 3000 cases

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