d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2009
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
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Wine Style Guide
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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 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"
The Wine Advocate
"Glass-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."
International Wine Cellar
"A 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."
"d’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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