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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 94 The Wine Advocate, 94 International Wine Cellar
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 86249
The 2004 Romas Grenache highlights the quality of the fruit that is produced from eighty-six year old vines, planted on ironstone soils. Romas is produced from a parcel of vines located in the highest corner of the Blewitt Springs vineyard.
The wine encompasses deep ruby, purple hues scented with floral aromas of roses, violets, kirsch liqueur and spice box. Intense and full bodied in the mouth with flavors of black fruits, licorice and black truffles. Romas is concentrated with rich aromatics, exuberant fruit, spice flavors and amazing balance and a lingering finish.
Dense and peppery, but not heavy, with an expressive range of blackberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors that sail through the long, open-textured finish. A lovely spicy, peppery component lifts this Grenache's personality out of the ordinary. Best from 2008 through 2020. 500 cases imported.
Cropped at a measly half ton per acre, this is Clarendon Hills’ top Grenache bottling. It’s tighter and denser than the other, more flamboyant offerings, needing time in the bottle to develop. For now, it’s loaded with wonderfully pure blackberry and cassis fruit, but it promises to develop more complexity over the years; try from 2008–2020. Long and softly tannic on the finish.
The most backward, structured, tannic, and ageworthy of these offerings is always the Grenache Romas. The estate's flagship Grenache, it is fashioned from 86-year-old vines planted on ironstone soils at the highest elevation of the Blewitt Springs Vineyard. The 2004 Grenache Romas exhibits gorgeous notes of loamy soil, truffles, kirsch, spice box, blackberries, and licorice. This full-bodied, powerful, tannic 2004 will benefit from another 1-3 years of bottle age, and should age easily for 10-15+ years.
Dark violet. A huge, almost exotic bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry, candied cherry, vanilla, cinnamon and violet pastille borders on overwhelming (this would make great incense) yet retains remarkable vibrancy. Creamy and deep in the mouth, the candied and liqueur-like dark berry flavors showing superb concentration and energy, with a lush note of fruitcake coming up on the back end. Flat-out superb, with a combination of sweetness, depth and precision that's rare for grenache from anywhere.