d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia

$18.29 $14.99
Save $3.30
Item No. 93136
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • Green wine
  • JH90
  • RP89
  • ST89
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • RP90
  • WS87
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
89 Points

"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."
89 Points

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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...

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McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines. Notable Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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