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2003 Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Vineyard Old Vines Grenache
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- Cellar 8 - 10 years (2012-2014)
- ABV 14.8%
- Closure: Cork
The 2003 Kangarilla Grenache continues to more than impress. The yields were down considerably from the usual 2-2.5 tonnes per acre, to between 1 and 1.5 tonnes per acre. Vintage occurred in two picks with the top part of the vineyard, being warmer, picked first, followed about a week later by the bottom half of the Kangarilla Vineyard.
Totally opaque, black purple colour – a saturation of hue that is not often found in Grenache (even old vines). Already the nose is lifted, with more to come as the wine is bottled and develops. Aroma of liquorice, spice, white pepper and violets. The palate delivers that typical Kangarilla palate explosion, which is in harmony with the tannins and acidity. Mouth filling flavours of black pepper and spice followed by a touch of stewed plum. Remarkable palate concentration and intensity showing beautiful balance, followed by an exceptionally long aftertaste.
Cellar 8-10 years (2012-2014)
Robert Parker's Review
The 2003 Grenache Old Vines Kangarilla Vineyard (planted in sandy soils overlaying heavy clay) is the richest of the 2003 Grenaches except for the top-of-the-line Romas. Provocative aromas of black cherries, raspberries, earth, sandstone, and balsam are followed by a wine with huge body, fabulous concentration, and wonderful minerality/delineation. Noticeable tannin suggests 1-2 years of cellaring is required; it should drink well for 10-15.
(Notes sourced from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #155)
ROBERT PARKER'S RATING: (93-95) points