d'Arenberg The Garden of Extraordinary Delights Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
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.
Australian Wine Companion - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine & Spirits - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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."
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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 with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes 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 most-planted grapes of the region. 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 region 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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