d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2008
from McLaren Vale, Australia
Background: A wild grass, the Love Grass, often grows in the vineyards surrounding the d‘Arenberg winery.
During vintage, the sticky, Velcro-like, long stemmed flowers of the Love Grass affectionately
attach themselves to the vineyard workers' socks. This Shiraz will also linger with you and, as
such, the family thought it fitting to name this wine 'The Love Grass'.
The aromas are complex and intriguing. Each time you put the glass to your nose there is something new to discover. For what was a ripe year the red and dark fruits are fresh and lifted with cinnamon spice and cured meat adding complexity.
The palate is equally complex with plum, boysenberry and raspberry alongside more savoury characters of charred meat, black olive and dark chocolate. There is a lot to take in with no shortage of characters to uncover but chalky dusty tannins pull the wine into focus nicely and provide for a long finish.
This wine is drinking well on release and could also be cellared for up to ten years.
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