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Clarry’s is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro with old vine Grenache from the 1940s and 1960s. The wine is fermented in open-top fermenters and basket pressed. To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the wine, it is only aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of 3-4 months. Clarry’s is soft and fruit-driven with flavours of raspberry, perfume, clove and spice. It is mouthwatering with a muscular structure and great length.
Quality from 2019 is stunning. It was a warm and extremely dry growing season with rainfall down significantly (39%), making it one of the driest years in the past century. Summer was 3 degrees warmer than average. Yields were impacted by the dry season, leading to smaller berries and bunches. Importantly quality is brilliant producing richly flavoured, intense wines.
The 2019 Clarry’s is a blend of Grenache (50%), Shiraz (44%) and Mataro (6%), with all grapes from the Kalleske’s organic farm. The Grenache is from low-yielding sandy soils from vines dating back to the 1940s, while the Shiraz and Mataro are sourced from a number of select blocks on the Kalleske estate with soil generally consisting of shallow, sandy loam over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for these vines.
Clarry’s 2019 GSM is bright purple-black in colour. The aromas are so lifted, enticing and engaging. It bursts with dark rose perfume,
ripe cherries, licorice, sarsaparilla and musk. The juicy palate is loaded with dense flavours of vivid red and black fruits. It is full and richly flavoured, round and harmonious but with natural chalky tannins adding structure and backbone. Concise maturation in seasoned barrels has added complexity whilst preserving the fruit purity. This is a solid wine with adequate power but under control ensuring true balance. It is completed with a lengthy finish. Clarry’s is an approachable, fruit-driven and opulent GSM that is best enjoyed now or over the
next five years.