Clarendon Hills Onkaparinga Shiraz 2010
Planted in 1928 with syrah and grenache, this vineyard located in the most highly elevated regions of Blewitt Springs. Onkaparinga is an indigenous/aboriginal term for the local region. The Syrah patch faces west and edges a gorge that has a 75 metre sheer cliff face.
Part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand Cru’ classification. Offers a highly elevated perfume of barbequed pork, cardamom, chesterfield couch leather, passionfruit flowers and sweet earth. The palate cascades concentric layers of round, bespoke extract that leaves a powerful finish begging for a cool cellar and a time machine set for 15 years.
Deep crimson-purple; shares the extra dimension of texture and structure with the other '10 releases, but takes it into a palate of considerable vinosity, easily able to absorb the high level of new French oak; bitter chocolate runs through the fruit; fully reflects the excellent vintage. High quality corks and heavy bottles will aid the longevity. Drink by: 2040 Date tasted: 12/Jan/2013 Price: $110.00 Alcohol: 14.5% Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday
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