Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard Merlot 2009
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2009 Clarendon Hills Merlot Brookman Vineyard
A Merlot Dry Red Table wine from Australia, Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
eRobertParker.com # 199 (Feb 2012)
Drink 2012 - 2018
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Brookman Vineyard Merlot gives notes of ripe plums and mulberries with hints of yeast extract, toast and nutmeg. Medium to full bodied, the palate is well structured with a medium-firm level of velvety tannins and refreshing acidity to support the ripe fruit, finishing long and toasty. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2018+. Importer: Wine Brokers Unlimited, Hayward, CA
By Wine Spectator
CLARENDON HILLS Merlot Clarendon Brookman 2009
Issue: Web Only - 2015
A swarm of prickly tannins wraps around a generous core of cooked plum and cherry flavors, picking up black tea notes as the finish lingers expressively. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases imported. -HS
By Clarendon Hills
2009 Brookman Merlot
Varietal Content: 100% Merlot
Varietal Origin: Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. Founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990, the story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. Though never trained as a winemaker, Roman combined his scientific knowledge and artistic expression in the winery to create the single varietal wine portfolio of Clarendon Hills. Striving for pure vineyard and varietal expression, Clarendon Hills is dedicated to complex wines that rival the best in the world.
The grapes for our Brookman Merlot were handpicked from low-yielding, dry-grown old vines and gently destemmed before undergoing whole berry fermentation. We used wild yeast fermentation to increase the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration. This wine aged for 18 months in tight-grained French oak barrels, of which 85 percent were new and 15 percent were between one and four years old.
Our Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot opens with aromas of black currant and chocolate framed by earthy truffle and floral notes. The palate is at once fresh and savory with silky, elegantly rounded layers of flavor. Soft and balanced, the flavor intensity resonates in a subtle, classic finish.
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