d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2008
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
The lifted red fruits expected from Grenache are met with darker fruit characters and lovely spice. As the wine opens in the glass, the true depth is revealed with layers of gravelly earth, iron and graphite along with licorice and anise. There is also a pretty nuance of fresh roses and dried petals adding an elegant touch.
The palate has immediate impact with pungent, rich dark fruits and earth. The dark plum and mulberry fruit make way for rich, gritty and vibrant fruit tannins which build nicely before slowly fading to reveal oodles of spice and dark earthy fruits.
There is considerable structure, restrained power, focus and great depth focus which will ensure it ages with grace.
International Wine Cellar - "Glass-staining ruby. Enticing aromas of black raspberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and incense. Lush, broad and sweet but firmly built, with an exotic candied dark fruit quality. At once deep and energetic, with strong inner-mouth perfume and excellent clarity. Finishes sweet and juicy, with a fine dusting of tannins and impressive length."
Wine & Spirits - "Chester Osborn's top selection of old-vine grenache, chiraz and mourvedre, this is dry-farmed, foot-trod and basket-pressed into a fragrant, red- and purple-fruited beauty. Mourvedre brings a sausage meat and pepperoni-like spice to the sweeter strawberry flavors of grenache. Allspice and a waxy fruit skin character add deptch to the tannins. A traditional style, pressings in Australia are meant for long aging, and this will likely be at its best ten years or more from the vintage."
The Wine Advocate - "Composed of Grenache (55%), Shiraz (38%) and Mourvedre (7%), the 2008 The Ironstone Pressings GSM has a medium garnet-purple color and rubber and tar notes giving way to black currant cordial, blackberry juice, black raspberry, star anise and dried Mediterranean herbs. Full, voluptuous and generously fruited, it has medium-firm fine-grained tannins and crisp acid to support, finishing with good persistence. Approachable now, it should drink well to 2018."
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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.