Joseph Rowe Osborn was one of the most successful racehorse owners in South Australia in the early 1900s. When his colt, a chestnut named "Footbolt," delivered a winning streak of six races, Joseph was able to purchase the first of the d'Arenberg vineyards and establish what are now the oldest vineyards
in McLaren Vale. It is fitting, therefore, that this wine bears the great racing horse's name.
The 2005 Footbolt Shiraz exhibits aromas of satsuma plums, cherries and cranberries with dried
floral herbs, spice and dark chocolate. The expressive palate delivers luscious red fruit, plums and
blueberries with licorice and spice among cedar oak and savory tannins.
This wine is approachable
now and will gain considerable complexity with age.
"The 2005 The Footbolt Shiraz was aged for 12-18 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. Purple-colored, it exhibits an aromatic array of fresh herbs, plum, cranberry, and black cherry. Medium-to full-bodied, on the palate spicy blueberry and licorice notes emerge. The wine has very good depth and concentration, ripe tannin, and a medium-long finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2015."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright purple. Impressively perfumed aromas of powerful dark berries and musky herbs. Fresh, spicy blackberry and cassis flavors are enlivened by tangy minerals and sweetened by a suggestion of floral pastille. Takes a slightly bitter turn on the chewy finish, leaving an impression of licorice. Serve this with something smoky."
International Wine Cellar