Clarendon Hills 2012 Release – Tasting Notes

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2012 Clarendon Hills Domaine Syrah

90 Points

Deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Domaine Clarendon Syrah has pronounced blackcurrants, crushed blackberries, chocolate and anise notes with touches of earth. Medium to full-bodied with great intensity and purity, if a little uncomplicated, this very youthful Syrah has primary flavors and is approachable. It finishes long.

2012 Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah

93 Points

Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Shiraz Brookman Vineyard has intense black and red currants, plums and cherries with some dried herb, tree bark and loam notes. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the savory and earthy palate is structured by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. It needs time.

2012 Clarendon Hills Hickenbotham Vineyard Grenache

93 Points

Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard starts off with a very peppery nose intertwined with warm blackberries and blueberries plus cloves, aniseed and dusty earth. The rich and full body has peppery and spicy flavors structured with a solid frame of firm, grainy tannins and lively acid. It finishes long.

2012 Clarendon Hills Piggott Vineyard Syrah

94 Points

Deep garnet/purple the 2012 Shiraz Piggott Range Vineyard is youthfully closed with notes of cassis, black plums and mulberries accented by hints of licorice, cedar, black pepper and meaty notes. Full bodied, it has lovely, fine, rounded tannins along with tons of tightly wound, youthful fruit and a long, mineral and earthy finish.

2012 Clarendon Hills Astralis

98+ Points

Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Astralis (Shiraz) starts off with complex, meaty and earthy aromas wafting around a core of blackberry preserves, preserved plums, and mulberries with hints of licorice, Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the multi-layered flavors have very spicy accents and are framed by ripe, grainy tannins. It has a very long and elegant finish with hints of exotic spices.