Clarendon Hills Romas Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2004

Clarendon Hills Romas Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2004

SKU 08332


This vineyard was planted in 1925 in the conventional bush vine manner with no trellising. The vineyard is very steep and faces due east, the soils contain high levels of ironstone, rock and quartz. This is the highest part of the Blewitt Springs Vineyard and also the lowest yielding, about one tonne to the acre. The grapes are handpicked, usually quite early in the season, due to very low crops and the ability of Old Grenache to ripen.
Category Red Wine
Region Australia, South Australia, Clarendon
Brand Clarendon Hills
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastCropped at a measly half ton per acre, this is Clarendon Hills' top Grenache bottling. It's tighter and denser than the other, more flamboyant offerings, needing time in the bottle to develop. For now, it's loaded with wonderfully pure blackberry and cassis fruit, but it promises to develop more complexity over the years; try from 2008-2020. Long and softly tannic on the finish.

Joe Czerwinski, December 15, 2006
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorDense and peppery, but not heavy, with an expressive range of blackberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors that sail through the long, open-textured finish. A lovely spicy, peppery component lifts this Grenache's personality out of the ordinary. Best from 2008 through 2020. 500 cases imported

Harvey Steiman, October 15, 2006