Syrah, Onkaparinga, 2005

  Clarendon Hills

Syrah, Onkaparinga

Contains Sulphites.

About Clarendon Hills

The dynamic Roman Bratasiuk runs one of the most quality-conscious Estates in South Australia. His love of the defined and complex wines of France’s best winemakers is mirrored in the balance and sophistication of the wines he produces. Everything is hand picked and yields are low, resulting in some remarkably concentrated wines that combine power and complexity. From Old Vines Grenache to Single Vineyard Chardonnay, the wines are as diverse as they are exciting.

Appellation: Mclaren Vale

A strongly maritime influenced region in South Australia that produces some of the countries finest Grenache, Syrah and Cabernets.

Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz

The great red grape of the northern Rhône where it reaches its optimum levels in the violet-scented muscular wines of Hermitage and the graceful sappy Côte Rôties, which in the latter case is sometimes blended with Viognier. The wines of Cornas are renowned as producing Syrah-based wines very close in quality to Hermitage, while St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage also represent some good value examples. It is also a component of many southern Rhône reds, namely Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As Shiraz, it is Australia's most important red variety, found in various guises from ripe fruit-forward commercial wines to intense concentrated old vine cuvees such as Grange and those of Clarendon Hills. In the best instances Syrah/Shiraz produces deep, spicy, age-worthy wines.