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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 1998
d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 1998
(search item no. 24709)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $27.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

After some bottle ageing the colour becomes a graduated glowing red-brown and the young fruit scented aromas and flavours gradually transform into velvety rich, spicy, strawberry jam, creamy chocolate, earthy and smoky edged aromas. This integration and complexity develops on the palate too, where the young tannin slowly falls away to reveal a seamless, soft sweet rolling middle palate mulberry and prune like fruit with tertiary biscuit, coffee and chewy old leather flavours before a long, soft, dry mouth filling fine acid finish.
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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.