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Date Printed: 10/26/2014
d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2008
d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 107351)
screw cap wine
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $19.99

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
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
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Background: A wild grass, the Love Grass, often grows in the vineyards surrounding the dā€˜Arenberg winery. During vintage, the sticky, Velcro-like, long stemmed flowers of the Love Grass affectionately attach themselves to the vineyard workers' socks. This Shiraz will also linger with you and, as such, the family thought it fitting to name this wine 'The Love Grass'.

The aromas are complex and intriguing. Each time you put the glass to your nose there is something new to discover. For what was a ripe year the red and dark fruits are fresh and lifted with cinnamon spice and cured meat adding complexity.

The palate is equally complex with plum, boysenberry and raspberry alongside more savoury characters of charred meat, black olive and dark chocolate. There is a lot to take in with no shortage of characters to uncover but chalky dusty tannins pull the wine into focus nicely and provide for a long finish.

This wine is drinking well on release and could also be cellared for up to ten 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.