d'Arenberg Sticks & Stones 2004
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Blend: Tempranillo, Grenache, Souzao
The palate is immediately fruity with all sorts of red and blackberries, lots of dark cherries, boysenberries and a seam of violets working through. It is rich and juicy with lively, gritty tannins. A very long earth and dried herb end with a twist of liquorice and blackberry completes the finish. This is a big wine built for the long haul. Recommended to be cellared for many years.
The inspiration behind this name came from the age-old proverb ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.' The unusual and quirky names that d'Arenberg's range of wines have has never done the winery any harm. We also do use sticks (vine cuttings) planted into stony soils to produce the grapes that result in this wine.
Australian Wine Companion - "Here the tangy notes of tempranillo are the leaders, and not overtaken by grenache; does have good texture, structure and finish. Screwcap."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. A complex bouquet of blackberry jam, candied licorice, cured tobacco, fudge and espresso. Very sweet and lush, with a confectionery tone to the dark berry flavors and a suave, velvety texture. Firms up on the finish but maintains impressive sweetness. This would compare nicely to most new-wave Spanish wines, but here the oak is more successfully integrated here than in many newfangled Iberian examples."
The Wine Advocate - "Made from Spanish and Portuguese varietals (Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Souzao), the inky/ruby/purple-hued 2004 The Sticks and Stones offers up aromas of graphite, blueberries, camphor, roasted meats, and smoked herbs. It is a rich, full-bodied, exotic red with a singular character that should prove to be relatively long-lived given its tannic structure. Consume it over the next 10-12 years. "
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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-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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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
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Smooth & Supple
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