d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2008
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
The lifted nose is packed with dark fruit, attractive spice and cracked pepper. There is a lifted floral note that brings elegance to what is clearly a generous wine. A velvety palate flaunts a core of concentrated red and dark fruits with hints of licorice and lavender supported by fine, subtle tannins.
67% Shiraz, 33% Grenache
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Very fresh, aromatic nose features black raspberry, violet, black pepper and licorice. Juicy and perfumed in the mouth, with a light touch to the intense red and dark berry and candied violet flavors. Quite brisk and refreshing, with zesty acidity adding spine. The spicy note carries through on the fruit-driven finish."
Australian Wine Companion - "The much-loved and admired d'Arry Osborn provided the foundation for son Chester (of kaleidoscopic and wild hair fame) to dramatically increase the sales volume of d'Arenberg without compromising quality. This is a light- to medium-bodied wine at the start of its life, which sounds oxymoronic, but isn't, as the track record of this long-lived wine proves. Raspberry, cherry and plum fruit with a dusting of chocolate and spice runs right through the palate. The wine has deceptive cellaring strength."
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 with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes 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 most-planted grapes of the region. 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 region 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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