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In the famous McLaren Vale district, located 25 miles south of Adelaide, Australia, you will find Clarendon Hills.  Known for its single-vineyard creations, this winery prides their production on grapes grown from pre-phylloxera (or non-genetically modified) vines, the most naturally existing vines in the world.  The Grenache grown in their Hickinbotham vineyard comes from almost century-old vines planted in 1923.  This wine is an outstanding bomb of fresh dark fruit, with jam and dark chocolate expressions, and exceptional balance.  It has plum and blueberry on the nose, and a layered succulent finish that lingers on and on.  The fruit pours into your mouth.  You won’t drink this wine, you will eat it, like spreading fruit preserves over a French baguette.  It’s a wine you should drink now, and pair with something bold and sweet, like a Lamb Tagine in a honey sauce, with a dark-chocolate cake to finish it off. –JT

2005 CLARENDON HILLS Hickinbotham Grenache

SCORE: 93

Related Scores: WS-92, RP-93, ST-92

Market Price: $61

Recommended food pairing:

Morrocan Lamb Tagine in a Honey Sauce:

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Moroccan-Lamb-Tagine-With-Raisins_-Almonds_-And-Honey-Epicurious

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