d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2006

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia

Item No. 95739
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • JH94
  • RP91
  • W&S91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

On initial pouring, the colours of this wine are dark and concentrated and suggest a very young wine. Served blind, the fragrance and voluptuous, red fruit aromas lead you to think that it's more likely a brooding Kiwi pinot than McLaren Vale Grenache. However, as the aromas evolve, notes of roasted meats, liquorice, spices, white pepper & sweet paprika emerge. Combined with concentrated maraschino cherries & blueberry flavours and it soon becomes obvious that this is real Grenache, at its best.

The palate is rich and soft dominated by very pure, deep, exotic, spiced, red fruit and Turkish delight notes. This is followed by savoury edges of herbs, bitter chocolate and earthy/tarry leather flavours that are long, juicy and balanced with fine lacy acidity and ripe slippery tannins.

The richness of fruit, overall softness and very long finish is impressive and, for those who haven't really understood the complexities of Grenache, this wine could be quite captivating. Those Grenache converts will find this a real pleasure. Possibly the best we have crafted to date, we expect this will be a fascinating wine to taste and drink over the next 10 to 15 years ahead.

Critical Acclaim

"The deep crimson-colored 2006 The Derelict Vineyard Grenache is redolent of garrigue, lavender, and black cherry aromas. Dense, layered, and sweetly fruited, it will deliver pleasure over the next six years."
91 Points

"Dark red. Fresh red berries, musky underbrush, flowers and licorice on the complex nose. At once concentrated and lively, with fresh red fruit flavors and slow-mounting Indian spices. Finishes with impressive tang and length-not to mention excellent balance."
91 Points

"This has the chocolate-dipped strawberry flavors of ripe grenache, with brightness to the fruit that gives a dynamic feel to the structure. It will make a clean, fresh contrast to braised lamb. "
91 Points

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Clixby Ann - Wimberley, TX (read all my reviews)

Deeply fruity, yet even after allowing it to breathe, the alcoholic bite was a bit strong. My husband thought it was a bit too acidic, but I enjoyed it. More of a 3 1/2 star rating.
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Robert Eulenfeld - Corpus Christi, TX (read all my reviews)

excellent taste
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krtsphd - Riverside, RI (read all my reviews)

I was deeply disappointed by this wine and am frankly dumbfounded how it ever got a high rating (e.g. >90). It tastes like d"Arenberg actually added additional alcohol to this wine. This "boozy" wine fails to soften even after allowing it to breathe for nearly an hour. In short, this grenache tastes like a bargain bin marked-for-clearance bottle of wine and is not worth the $25 price tag. Save your money and look elsewhere if you want a good grenache.
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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...

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Learn About McLaren Vale

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 Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Grenache

Grenache (greh-NAASH) Sun-Worshiper This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in Spain (called Garnacha), Australia and the southern Rhone region of France, Grenache is the primary grape in regions such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel, and Priorat. It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like Syrah...

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