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1996 Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Vineyard Old Vines Grenache

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RATINGS

95Robert M. Parker Jr.

From a 1998 review: "...a smashingly intense, decadent nose of black raspberries, blueberries, and pepper ... remarkably pure and well-balanced flavors. There are no hard edges to this huge old vine Grenache.

PRODUCER

Clarendon Hills

Founded in 1989 in Clarendon, South Australia, the winery is owned and run by Roman Bratasiuk, a biochemist and self-taught winemaker. Bratasiuk harvested his first vintage himself and did his own crush. For several years he continued making the wines by hand and holding down a day job before he was able in 1994 to quit his job as a scientist with the Australian government and devote himself fully to his winery. Known for his commitment to the traditions of French winemaking, Bratasiuk makes Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. His most acclaimed wine is Astralis, a Syrah that inevitably wins acclaim. Clarendon Hills includes 200 acres planted to Grenache, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vines is 75 years for the Grenache and Sauvignon.

REGION

Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale

South Australia is the nation’s most important wine region. South Australia is to Australia what California is to the U.S. About half of Australia’s wine comes from South Australia and many of the country’s most acclaimed producers are there. Wineries based in South Australia include Penfolds Grange, Torbreck, Amon Ra, Henschke and Jacob’s Creek. The prestigious Barossa Valley is located in South Australia, and is often compared to Napa Valley because it is gorgeous topography covered in grape vines. First farmed by 19th century German-speakers who immigrated from what is now Poland, the Barossa Valley is the crown jewel of the region. South Australia has widely varying climates, from very hot, dry areas to cooler, high altitude areas. There are more than 150,000 acres of vineyards in South Australia, with more being planted each month. Shiraz is king, though the region also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and Semillon.

TYPE

Red Wine, Grenache

One of the most popular red varieties planted, it ripens late and prefers hot dry climates. It probably originated in Spain, where it is still widely grown. Grenache is best known for its use in Southern Rhone wines, including those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.