The 2008 Footbolt shows off a brooding nose of dark red cherries, rhubarb
and cardamon spices, with underlying earthiness. The generous palate is
well-structured, with juicy blood plums and mulberries on the mid palate,
rounded out by cinnamon spice from seasoned oak and balanced acidity to
keep the ripe fruit in check. Firm, powdery tannins provide a memorable finish.
"A solid vintage of Footbolt, d'Arenberg's bread-and-butter McLaren Vale shiraz, this draws on a deep well of red fruit and ironstone tannins--think cherries, strawberries and crushed black pepper flash-roasted in an iron skillet. This starts off cedary and ends soft and warm, focused on fruit. A versatile red for most any roast or grilled meats."
Wine & Spirits
"Deep colour; licorice, bitter chocolate and a distinct aroma of candle wax combine on the bouquet; the palate is rich, warm and inviting, with lavish levels of sweet fruit the central theme of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion