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Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006

Merlot from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • RP92
  • WS90
  • ST90
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Winemaker Notes

Deep crimson. Spicey mulberry, blackberries, bitumen and cigar. Coco and herb edged fruit sits in the glass and opens with air. Opening with dark chocolate and cherry nuance, the peaty background comes of age and styles the graceful personality of this vineyard. Classy, savory-flavored tannins and modest weight make for a seductively structured and velvet textured cuvee.

Critical Acclaim

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

The 2006 Bordeaux varietals begin with the 2006 Merlot Brookman Vineyard. Velvety textured and approachable now, it will nevertheless evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2020.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Classy, with light texture, fine tannins and red plum and strawberry fruit. A delicate touch of mint lingers on the transparent finish.

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

Ruby-red. Brooding cherry and cassis aromas are brightened by floral and baking spice qualities. Cherry-vanilla and plum flavors coat the palate and are firmed by chewy tannins, which add a bitter note. This gained focus with air while maintaining sweetness. Pretty serious in style, with very good finishing tang and length. No fat on these bones.

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Clarendon Hills

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Clarendon Hills, , Australia
Clarendon Hills
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.

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The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.