Clarendon Hills Vineyards McLaren Vale
If you’ve drunk Astralis then either you or your friends are not short of money. Bratasiuk’s unfiltered and unfined, ripe, extracted reds, aged in French oak, are subjected to a long cuvaison and exhibit a depth and dimension that most Australian reds don’t even approach. Some early vintages had questionable balance and marginal levels of volatility but all is being mastered and refined as the range expands and gains better definition through the use of vineyard or sub-regional names. With no less than 19 single vineyard single varietal wines, Bratasiuk, though not the first to do so, is providing an alternative to the brand-name-only marketeers who reveal precious little about their sources (likewise yields), even at a premium level. Reds, particularly Shiraz (labelled Syrah) and Grenache are powerful, broadly structured as well as very concentrated, marvellously complex and long in the best bottlings. All the names refer to a specific vineyard or vineyards located in three sub-zones of McLaren Vale, Clarendon, Blewitt Springs and Kangarilla. Other wines (not tasted) include Brookman Merlot, Onkaparinga Syrah and Grenache, Hickenbottom Grenache and Liandra Mourvèdre. A new vineyard planted high in the Clarendon Hills promises further exciting developments producing a new premium Syrah, Domaine Clarendon while Mourvèdre now comes from Liandra and Merlot from the Brookman Vineyard.
To find out more about Clarendon Hills and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide South Australia..
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