Yet another tremendous effort from Clarendon Hills that had me refilling my glass quicker than usual. I planned a rather extravagant night last weekend before I left town. This bottle was the opener, going up against some Hanger Steaks, a piece of Flat Iron Beef and some peppercorn sirloins. The match was perfect.
Purple jam and tar sprung out of the blackish-purple glass that really intrigued me. The Clarendons are usually slightly restrained and refined, not bombastic. More on this later… A plum core with blackberry and spice box introduced me to the wine where I then got some oak and leather notes with bramble on the mid palate. Well masked 14.5% alcohol is a becoming a regular feature of this winery. I made note of the smoothness with a racing acidity and well integrated tannins. This particular cuvee has full extraction but is restrained in style. The winemaker has really worked these grapes to achieve depth and character with tremendous complexity yet still sticking to their Rhone style of making Aussie Shiraz. I gave it 93 points which aligns with the pro’s and would drink this wine between 2014-2018 with no problem. Pricey at $70 or so bucks it will make you look a star on a big dinner date when paired with some grilled meats. 4 stars from me. Salut….