Thursday, February 2, 2012

Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah

There are Parker wines and then there are Parker wines. The first group is overripe, high in alcohol and finishes with coarse tannins. The second group is also quite ripe, but lush and elegant. The fruit overcompensates the alcohol and the finish is backed by finer, silkier tannins.

This 2006 Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah belongs to the second group. Roman Bratasiuk is perhaps not that well known, because all his wines are low volume and carry a hefty price tag, but I rate him as one of Australia's most outstanding and individualistic winemakers. One of his Astralis wines I drank a few years ago, provided me with one of the greatest wine experiences ever.

The 2006 Liandra shows sweet plum, and some earthy flavours as well. The wine is lush, with soft tannins and a silky mouthfeel. It has good length as well. The only concern I have is its lack of acidity. Drinking it now seems ideal, I would not keep it for the long run.

Score: 94/+++

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