Fragrant mulberry and maraschino cherry fruits complement earthy spices and licorice notes against a backdrop of cedar oak. The powerfully structured palate offers layers of ripe exotic fruits and summer flowers blending effortlessly with a fine acid backbone and silky, mineral-edged tannins. The floral finish of jasmine and lavender notes is intense and persistent.
The Wine AdvocateThe 2009 Ironstone Pressings GSM is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre (planted in 1918). Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is just a little restrained, offering notes of earth and tar over dark chocolate, blueberries and black cherries plus a whiff of prunes. The full bodied palate is wonderfully concentrated and structured with tons of savory fruit
balanced by crisp acidity and a firm level of chewy tannins. Its finish is long and layered.
Rating: 94+ Points
International Wine CellarGlass-staining ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes red berry liqueur, cherry-cola, smoky Indian spices and mocha, with a sexy overlay of dried flowers. Sappy, penetrating and energetic on the palate, which offers fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a sweet rose pastille nuance. Dusty tannins add shape to the finish, which repeats the cherry and floral notes. This should age very well.
Wine EnthusiastA blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, this is much more firmly tannic and structured than most such Australian blends. Grilled meat, red plum, black tea and rose hip notes are crisp and firm on the palate.
Wine & Spiritsd’Arenberg’s classic blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre is packed with the spice of McLaren Vale. Mourvedre’s rustic character dominates the blend, laying a scratchy camel blanket
over blackberry fruit. Youthfully reduced, this needs cellar time to show its best.
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