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2006 New World winery of the year award
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Clarendon Hills has just been announced the Best New World Winery by international publication The Wine Enthusiast. All wineries from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, South Africa were candidates for this award but Clarendon Hills, last years nominee was awarded the prestigious accolade.
Clarendon Hills produced its first vintage in 1990. Within 15 years, Clarendon had become not only Australia’s most highly rated winery, but also one of the highest rated anywhere in the world.
The company was founded by Roman Bratasiuk, whose vision was to produce pure expressions of the grape and vineyard, as well as wines that age well and complement the dining experience.
Clarendon wines are distinctive in Australia, as their wines are strictly Old World in approach. Clarendon produces 16 individual vineyard, single variety wines, focusing on the 4 principal varieties of the Rhone valley and Bordeaux. Its Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines are produced from high altitude, ancient bush vineyards that each yield minute quantities of exquisite fruit. Its complex wines offer an unusual balance of Old World elegance with the power of New World Australia.
Clarendon Hills has monopolised the Clarendon appellation and are unique in Australian wine history with respect to being pioneers of exclusively producing terroir driven wines.
Roman Bratasiuk’s vision to produce some of the world’s greatest wines dictates Clarendon Hills’ stringent approach to quality control. Where only the best will do. No 'short-cut' is ever taken and each stage of the process is hand performed from vineyard harvest right through the wine making and even packaging to ensure the highest quality results.