d'Arenberg High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
The nose is full of blackcurrant and blueberry characters with a lovely mint leaf lift and a spicy undertone. The characters are ripe, yet remain balanced with touches of florals adding elegance.
Dark plum and red fruits are added to the mix before a savoury mid palate emerges with soil characters, hints of coffee, black olive and more spice framed well by fine gravelly tannins and just a hint of oak. Considering the vintage conditions the generous fruit flavor is surprisingly well balanced by soil characters, flowers and leafy lift along with good tannin structure.
Like all d'Arenberg wines decanting will help this wine show its true colours and it will age gracefully in the cellar for up to seven years.
Australian Wine Companion - "Good colour; over the years, has often outperformed both its region and price point, and this is no exception; cassis and blackcurrant fruit drives through the medium-bodied palate to a long finish. "
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. View all d'Arenberg Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
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 FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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10 ratings, 4 with reviews33/30/2013meh, not bad but not good41/22/2013Really good wine, not too heavy and fruitier than most Cab's. Definitely one to get again.49/8/2012Jice - Champaign, IL56/23/2012
Smooth and full-bodied with no bitter taste. A pleasure on the palette.45/9/2012Corey Bragg - Springfield, OR33/10/2012
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To me D'Arenberg taste like no other you either hate it or love it and each vintage seems to test me. The 2008 was less tanic than the 2007 but lacked that back end Bit I like From Cab's. Buy the 2007 if you can and let it sit for a few years and mellow out.412/23/2011Scott N - Lowell, MI47/7/2011
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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