2014 Domaine Clarendon Syrah
Re-tasted on 07/06/2022
Magnificent colour displaying a pitch black core with a very deep black dark red hue. Pronounced black cherry, liquorice and black plum aromas are overlaid by scorched earth and smoked meats followed by spicy vanillin cedar and pepper notes. Tightly built rich black cherry and liquorice flavours dominate over inky earth, lightly scorched vanillin cedar, dried meats and blackpepper. Dry grippy finish with tightly grained tannins. Rich yet elegant and muscular in its feel. Good underlying power with a long black cherry, liquorice, smoky vanillin cedar, dried meats and earthy pepper aftertaste.
Cellar 8-10 years.
Taut style with dark, brooding fruit, lifts of cocoa-powder and whispers of fragrant herbs. The throttle here is well and truly open though maybe it's been backed off fractionally; for all its depth it remains fresh and fragrant, the finish incredibly finely stitched. Drink by 2032.
Campbell Mattinson – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
More nuanced and refined than the 2013, the 2014 Domaine Clarendon Syrah features aromas of thyme, bay leaf, blueberries and cracked pepper. It's full-bodied but fine and elegant, with a long, silky finish. It should drink well for a decade or more. Drink 2018-2030.
Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate