The nose is full of the fresh berries and spice synonymous with McLaren Vale, with a slight
eucalypt lift. Secondary characters of sarsaparilla, cinnamon and clove which are expressed more completely as the wine opens up. The palate is mouth coating and plush with red and purple fruits mingling with orange peel and earth. There is a welcomed kick of five
spice on the back palate. The lifted and fine fruit tannins provide structure and pull the
wine together nicely. The Footbolt Shiraz has proven to cellar well for at least a decade.
Australian Wine CompanionSuperb, bright clear crimson; it's not the first thing that normally comes to mind with d'Arenberg, but this is an elegant, fine, medium-bodied wine; the fruits are more in the red than black spectrum, and it is spice more than dark chocolate that joins the fruit, oak and tannins, all perfectly weighted.