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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 107631)
screw cap wine
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is full of blackcurrant and blueberry characters with a lovely mint leaf lift and a spicy undertone. The characters are ripe, yet remain balanced with touches of florals adding elegance.

Dark plum and red fruits are added to the mix before a savoury mid palate emerges with soil characters, hints of coffee, black olive and more spice framed well by fine gravelly tannins and just a hint of oak. Considering the vintage conditions the generous fruit flavor is surprisingly well balanced by soil characters, flowers and leafy lift along with good tannin structure.

Like all d'Arenberg wines decanting will help this wine show its true colours and it will age gracefully in the cellar for up to seven years.

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About d'Arenberg:

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.