Following the great Astralis experience from the other day, it was time to taste Clarendon Hills' other flagship, the Grenache from the Romas Vineyard. This vineyard is regarded as the best source for Australian Grenache, next to Torbreck's Les Amis vineyard.
I drank the 2002 Romas Vineyard Grenache. Another excellent wine, although not quite in the league of Astralis. It starts with typical sweet fruit, quite concentrated, but then goes on to quite savoury characters, carried by substantial tannins. Certainly no fruit bomb. A lot of complexity and an interesting wine.
Some wine scribes have asserted, there is no good straight Grenache in Australia. Add Kalleske, Torbreck and Gibson Barossavale to this, and you would have a world-class line-up.