Clarendon Hills `Blewitt Springs` Grenache 2007 (3x 750ml)

This is a Premier Cru vineyard that, by definition offers a perfect balance of roundness and approachable enjoyability in the short term- however has all the structural components and balance to comfortably cellar for decades.

Within the Premier Cru vineyard calibre, each bottle indemnifies its owner with wines that balance short term enjoyment with future decades of pleasure.

The site itself is located in Blewitt Springs and was planted in 1920. Old vines provide very small, thick skinned berries and this is evident in the natural expression from this vineyard.

A pure sand top soil deposited by a lapping sea level over some 20 million years ago, sits atop some of the oldest geological formations on earth.

Overview

This is a Premier Cru vineyard that, by definition offers a perfect balance of roundness and approachable enjoyability in the short term- however has all the structural components and balance to comfortably cellar for decades.

Within the Premier Cru vineyard calibre, each bottle indemnifies its owner with wines that balance short term enjoyment with future decades of pleasure.

The site itself is located in Blewitt Springs and was planted in 1920. Old vines provide very small, thick skinned berries and this is evident in the natural expression from this vineyard.

A pure sand top soil deposited by a lapping sea level over some 20 million years ago, sits atop some of the oldest geological formations on earth.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The 2007 Grenache Blewitt Springs is more reticent aromatically as well as tighter and more structured on the palate than the first two wines. There is tannin to resolve in the finish as well, although the wine has enough fruit to come into balance with 3-4 years of additional cellaring. It will never be a friendly style of Grenache.

In a sign of the times, pricing for Roman Bratasiuk’s Clarendon Hills portfolio has been reduced by close to 50% across the board. Suddenly, most of the wines offer an excellent price to quality relationship. As usual, the Clarendon Hills wines are unblended, 100% varietal, sourced from mostly old-vine, ungrafted, single vineyards, fermented naturally, and bottled without fining or filtration. Only seasoned oak is used for the Grenache bottlings, 100% new French oak for the Merlot and Cabernets, and 50-100% new French oak for the Syrahs depending upon the cuvee. There is a new addition to the portfolio, a Mourvedre sourced from 12 year old vines and aged in 2 year old French oak. The year 2007 was more difficult than the three that preceded it, marked by a 45-50% reduction in crop levels and elevated tannin from the resulting thick skins. As Bratasiuk notes, “Tight, drying tannin is the hallmark of the vintage.” Nevertheless, this is an impressive collection from one of Australia’s icon wineries. Rating 91+ Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (DEC/2009)