2005 Clarendon Hills Syrah Brookman Vineyard

Year: 2005
Appellation: Clarendon Hills
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 92
Jeremy Oliver on Australian Wine: 94
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"Ripe, supple and beautifully balanced, with a pretty violet tinge to the rich aromas of blackberry and cherry. Supported by super refined tannins, this rockets over the palate, hinting at smoky spice and cream as the finish lingers effortlessly. Best from 2009 through 2020. 500 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2005 Syrah Brookman Vineyard exhibits a complex array of toasty oak, violets, espresso, tar, blackberry, and blueberry. Like its siblings, it is opulent, sleek, and rich. It can be enjoyed over the next 20-25 years. " (WA)

"($110) Opaque violet. Blueberry, cassis, vanilla and molasses on the nose, with slow-building tar and black cardamom qualities. Sappy, velvety, deeply concentrated kirsch and dark berry liqueur flavors boast palate-saturating sweetness. Chewing tobacco and candied licorice add complexity to the long, sweet finish. I suppose that there are tannins here but the sweetness seems to have left them for dead." (IWC)

"Deep, brooding and dark-fruited, this powerful and deeply layered shiraz complements its slightly jujube-like flavours of black and red berries with charry oak plus nuances of smoked meats, cloves, nutmeg and white pepper. It’s briary and perfumed, with ethereal suggestions of sarsaparilla over meaty and leathery undertones. Long, smooth and seamless, it’s framed by firm, pliant tannins, finishing peppery and savoury.(McLaren Vale, $75 retail, approx., 18.5/94, drink 2013-2017)" (JO)

Winery Notes:
This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand Cru’ classification.

Earthy, savoury fruited and controlled. It has a deep layering of Kalamata, cigars, espresso and black truffle - within a defined blue-fruited spectrum. It also offers a sublime creaminess along an evolving expression.

Perfume with a waxy, rounded component typecasts this vineyard. The aroma elevation in the glass is distinctly lower than its Grand Cru siblings. Recessed intensity and mid-palate positioning makes for a beautifully centered focus and it forms an axis of length and weight. The Brookman Syrah is for those who enjoy subtlety and softness. This vineyard's best years are displayed after cellaring for 5-10 and thereafter for 15-20.