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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2004
d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2004
(search item no. 89772)
collectible wine
green wine

The Wine News rating: 94 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In its youth, d'Arenberg's The Ironstone Pressings has a deep, dark plum-purple color matched by just as intense black cherry, spice, plum, strawberry, a little liquorice and brooding blackcurrant aromas. Mulberry, ripe plum and fresh pepper dominate the rich full-bodied palate before a long, intense, rolling, dark cherry spice and gritty tannin finish.

Eventually, the Grenache and Shiraz blossom as rich, sweet, violet-like scents, with spicy based aroma, before malty, sweet, dark chocolate flavors and crunchy, chewy textured black olive, spicy ginger and long fleshy textures. The Mourvedre adds dried herbs and iodine characters, which are very persistent, matched with slightly chalky tannins.

The hallmark of vigorous, fine piquant tannin and acidity continue to reside with The Ironstone Pressings after some considerable time, as have previous vintages since the late 1950's.

"Intriguing nose of red berries and boysenberry, tobacco leaf and light brown spice. Liqueur-rich and round with medium tannins and broad, copious, nicely concentrated flavors of black fruit, licorice and loamy earth that are lifted and lively becoming sweeter in the extended close."
The Wine News
94 points

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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.