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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
d'Arenberg The Twentyeight Road Mourvedre 2004
d'Arenberg The Twentyeight Road Mourvedre 2004
(search item no. 90121)
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

d'Arenberg's vineyards are bordered by Seaview Road to the North, Chalk Hill Road to the South, Coppermine Road to the East and Twentyeight Road to the West. Some locals claim Twentyeight Road is so named originally being 28 "chains" in length. Others claim it was because it runs to the original 128th linear map division of the district. Alongside this somewhat crooked dirt track is d'Arenberg's Mourvedre Vineyard.

Deep bright crimson ruby in color with lifted, spicy clove, cranberry and ripening blackberry primary fruit smells, elements of mulberry, light blackcurrant, cinnamon and vanilla licorice, as well as mint and flowers, especially violets are evident on the young palate. Its medium to full flavored fruit weight dominating softer, rounded vanilla mocha oak flavors, before a long fine acid and slightly sour cherry tannin like finish.

After some bottle age The Twentyeight Road Mourvèdre should soften in color to more cedary, brick red hues and the nose develop more tobacco, coffee and spicy black olive smells whilst retaining underlying cranberry and floral scents as well as hints of pine needle and tar which can also be found in the mouth. The palate should also develop and integrate with soft prune, cranberry, velvety earthly chocolate flavors and a vibrant fresh acid and fine grained tannin finish for quite some considerable time.

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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.