d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage 2004
Bordeaux Red Blends from South Australia, Australia
A Bordeaux blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.
The term ‘garagists' is used to describe the producers in Bordeaux who make great wines in their garage outside of the ‘Appellation Controlee' system. d'Arenberg's galvanized, corrugated garage was built in 1927 and to this day, houses their traditional open fermenters and 19th century basket presses.
The 2004 Galvo Garage is an intense, full bodied wine worthy of aging. The nose exhibits classical cabernet characteristics- blackcurrant, cassis, ripe berries, black cherries, and dark plums. The palate is velvety with expressions of mulberries, cherries, and dark chocolate. The finish is balanced and vibrant.
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 WinesLike 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%.
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