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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2004
d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 90238)
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $17.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The palate is juicy with weighty, red-fruited Shiraz dominated by plums, rhubarb, cherries, strawberries, mulberry, smoked bacon, white pepper and flower characters then a level of black currants and fragrant spice from the Cabernet and Petit Verdot appear. On the second sip a lovely mulberry tar-like character of Merlot starts to fill the palate with vivid, deep-red cherry flavors mixed with a hint of sage leaf, cloves and turmeric from the Petit Verdot which fans out across the finish with a grippy but polished finish.

About Love Grass
A wild grass, the Lovegrass often grows in the vineyards. During vintage, the sticky, Velcro-like, long-stemmed flowers of the Lovegrass affectionately attach themselves to the vineyard workers' socks. They even manage to get caught in Coco , the winery dog's coat and have yet to be brushed out. This shiraz will linger with you much the same way as the sticky flowers do and, as such, the family thought it fitting to name this wine.

89 Points

"Firm and frankly gamy, but plenty of blackberry and plum fruit comes through, emerging and persisting on the finish. A rugged wine that needs cellaring to bring some polish to it."
Wine Spectator

89 Points

"Dark violet. High-pitched floral bouquet of fresh rose, blackcurrant and blackberry. A rich, supple shiraz with broad, almost confectionery dark berry flavors and hints of licorice, floral candies and chewing tobacco. For all its sweetness, it's also bright, even racy for shiraz, with good precision and delineation of fruit and herb flavors. Finishes with fine-grained, harmonious tannins." Steve Tanzer's
International Wine Cellar

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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.