d'Arenberg The Bamboo Scrub Single Vineyard Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Pour this wine into a big glass and let the white pepper and spice swirl on the nose. With time you'll get flowers, fresh earth, fennel leaf and bright red fruit. A very pretty start. The palate is bright and fresh too, red licorice mixes with more spice and pepper dusted mulberries. The tannins are fine and talc-like, laced with minerals and nice length. This wine is all about fragrance, balance and elegance.
Australian Wine Companion - "From the Blewitt Springs subregion, the 18-year-old vines youngsters, but already providing high quality grapes. This is the coolest of the subregions, endowing the wine with a fragrant bouquet of dark fruits merging with the red on the palate; that has a fine structure built on classy tannins, the end result a wine with effortless power and drive."
The Wine Advocate - "Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 The Bamboo Scrub Single Vineyard Shiraz has heady notes of chargrilled meat, tar, anise and violets that overlay an aromatic fruit core of black plums and cassis. Medium-bodied and packed with earthy and meaty black fruit flavors, it is supported with a medium to firm level of grainy tannins, crisp acidity and a long finish. Drink it from 2014 to 2023+."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Smoke-accented dark fruit aromas show serious power and become spicier with air. Lush, weighty and wild, offering intense cassis and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of smoked meat. Closes with solid grip and excellent length, leaving a suave floral note behind."
Wine Spectator - "Dense and plush, with ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit playing against smoky, savory notes. Comes together on the refined finish. The tannins show some bite, but the flavors emerge easily enough."
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One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character. View all d'Arenberg Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.