Serious Syrah II

This flight follows-up on last week’s. We repeat the d’Arenberg Dead Arm (see previous notes) with two other heavy weights in the Shiraz kingdom.

Clarendon Hills Clarendon Liandra Vineyard Syrah 2002
This wine sports an outlandish amount of fruit, mixing the fresh with the raisins. Smells of coffee and smoky oak add complexity and the acid provides a nice frame to this silky 100% Syrah. Owner and Winemaker Roman Bratasiuk. Produced in Blewitt Springs in the McLaren Vale 14.5% a gift Clarendon Hills

Roman

Henschke Eden Valley Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz 2004
There is quite a bit of eucalyptus mingling with the black fruit and lots of oak. Ripe tannins are filled-out by the density of flavor, including chocolate, that carries long after the final spit. This wine is 100% Shiraz from 90-year-old ungrafted vines. Produced in Keyneton 14.5% $85.99 at K&L Henschke

Mount Edelstone

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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