d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2007
Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
A wine to watch evolving in your glass. Aromas of roasted meats, licorice, white pepper and sweet paprika emerge with maraschino cherries and blueberries. The palate is rich and soft, dominated by very pure, exotic, spiced red fruit and Turkish Delight notes. This is followed by savory edges of herbs, bitter chocolate and earthy leather flavors that are long, juicy and balanced with fine, lacy acidity and ripe, slippery tannins. This is real Grenache, at its best.
International Wine Cellar - "Medium red. Deep, smoky aromas of black raspberry, potpourri and white pepper. At once juicy and smooth, with intense red fruit flavors supported by a structural underpinning that is firm but not hard. Very grenache in its red fruits and spices. Finishes long and brisk, with silky tannins arriving late and adding grip. Drinking really well right now."
Wine Spectator - "Dark and ripe, with distinctive cherry, floral and exotic spice aromas and flavors that keep going on the long, plump finish. Drink now through 2013. 400 cases imported."
The Wine Advocate - "The medium ruby-colored 2007 The Derelict Vineyard Grenache is redolent of garrigue, lavender, and black cherry aromas. Ripe, smooth, and easy-going, this spicy, cherry-flavored, lengthy Grenache will offer much pleasure over the next 4-5 years. "
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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.
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