Some years ago, Chester Osborn sought out additional super premium Grenache fruit from
McLaren Vale to meet the high demand for d'Arenberg's Grenache-based wines. Many old
vineyards showed promise, although the vineyards were neglected with weeds and native
grass dominating the vines. The vines resembled Medusa's hair - wild, struggling and
gnarled - and became the inspiration for this wine. Over the years, these vines have become
tamed and rejuvenated with d'Arenberg's tender loving care.
The 2005 Derelict Vineyard displays a distinct aroma of old vine characteristics. On the
nose, earth, red berries, cherries, cranberries, plums and tarry leather notes are
complemented by more exotic juicy characters of toasted fennel seed, allspice, pepper, and
vanilla bean. The palate is rich with ripe cranberry, mulberry and Turkish delight balanced
by a framework of lively tannins and elevated acidity. This wine is elegant with a wonderful
softness, which is what Grenache is all about.