The first thing to hit you with this wine is the savory spiciness of the wine. There is also touches of earth, woody herbs and Dutch licorice mixed with red fruits, and plums. The palate of this wine is beautifully spicy with sweet red fruits. The red , spicy and savoury fruit works beautifully with the bright tannins. The finish is lively and persistent with ample raspberry lift.
Wine & SpiritsIn the same neighborhood as Osborn's Dipsomaniac, this vineyard was planted to shiraz in 1978, grafted over to riesling ten years later, then the vines cut and allowed to revert to shiraz in 2001. Half of the site is clay over sandstone, half is just bare sandstone. The wine itself is pure McLaren Vale in the old-fashioned d'Arenberg style. You can breath it out of the glass or out of the finish: minerals, pine, porcini, herbs, the fruit taut, edged in red, going the distance from flavor to memory. A classic, best suited to age.
Australian Wine CompanionThe 42-year-old vineyard was planted in loamy sand soils over limestone, originally to shiraz before being grafted to Riesling in the late 1970s, returning to shiraz in 2001. Is built in an austere mode, with more earth, tar and dark chocolate nuances; has impressive structure and more texture than most of the wines in the line-up.
International Wine CellarInky purple. Intense black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by notes of licorice, mint and woodsmoke. Deep, penetrating boysenberry and blueberry flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and show impressive clarity. Juicy and nervy on the finish, which strongly echoes the blue fruit note.
The Wine AdvocateDeep purple-black in color, the 2010 The Swinging Malaysian Single Vineyard Shiraz reveals youthfully muted aromas of black currants, red plums, and black pepper with nuances of salami, dried herbs and damp soil. Taut and muscular, with plenty of savory, peppery flavors and firm chewy tannins, this medium bodied wine finishes long and earthy.
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