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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
A very dark, vibrant, polished appearance with a dense red crimson hue. Beautiful dark purple plums and floral notes of violets on the nose. Underneath there are exotic tones of compost and decomposing vegetables but in the most intriguing of ways. In the mouth, the deep plum and violet characters dance lightly across your palate and are joined by other floral notes, and black olives with edges of dried garden herbs. Sage features strongly amongst the mix. There is a interesting wood character that is provided by the vines rather than the barreling process in the winery. Solid, gutsy tannins with dense minerality roll out to the long, persistent finish.
"Situated on the inland part of the McLaren Sand Hills sub region, the soil is sandy loam overlying sand and clay, the vines 42 years old. It's a particularly beautiful spot – hence the name. The wine shares the excellent color of the group, with a fragrant bouquet punctuated by soot/earth/olive nuances along with the black fruits. The palate soars and dives like a kite, with juicy fruit and a tannin mille-feuille that's perfectly pitched."
Australian Wine Companion
"Inky Opaque purple. Sexy, heady aromas of candied dark berries, incense and spice cake. Lush, palate-staining blackberry and blueberry flavors show outstanding depth and energy, with star anise and violet pastille nuances building in the glass. Finishes spicy and very long, with excellent clarity and sweetness."
International Wine Cellar
"The most inland of Osborn's single-vineyard shirazes, this grows 490 feet up into the Sand Hills district on 42-year-old vines planted in sand over sandstone. This wine's powerful red fruit explodes out of a gunflint scent, its finish clearly delineated, focusing the flavors in an earthy direction. The fruit holds freshness against substantial alcohol, suggesting it will gain from cellar time. "You'd need a massive pepper steak if you drink it now" one taster suggested."
Wine & Spirits
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 The Garden of Extraordinary Delights Single Vineyard Shiraz has a nose of black cherries, spiced blueberries and red currants over hints of dried mulberries, allspice, black pepper and cedar. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has medium to high levels of velvety tannins, lively acid and finishes long with a slight herbal lift."
The Wine Advocate
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...Read More About d'Arenberg
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.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...Read More About McLaren Vale
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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