d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2008

Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia

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Item No. 122679
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • JH93
  • ST92
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • ST92
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Winemaker's Notes

Fresh plum, blackberry and raspberry on the nose with nutmeg and cinnamon spices and a floral lift. There is a touch of licorice and a hint of white pepper adding complexity. The palate has wonderful structure with elegant chalky tannins through the mid palate and long, fine mineral tannins providing a refined finish. Savory dried herbs on the finish balance the fruit sweetness and spices of the varietal Grenache flavors.

Blend: 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz, 5% Mourvedre

Critical Acclaim

"Deep colour; dark and savoury roasted meat, black fruits and tar bouquet; the palate is dense and chewy, with structure driving the wine, and the fruit providing support; firm and chewy to conclude."
93 Points

"Glass-staining ruby. Enticing aromas of black raspberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and incense. Lush, broad and sweet but firmly built, with an exotic candied dark fruit quality. At once deep and energetic, with strong inner-mouth perfume and excellent clarity. Finishes sweet and juicy, with a fine dusting of tannins and impressive length."
92 Points

Learn About d'Arenberg Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About McLaren Vale

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 Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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