d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Initially the nose is dominated by lifted Shiraz notes of sweet, plums and rich, dark licorice. As the wine opens, the cocktail of varieties clinging to the Shiraz becomes more evident. At first, pretty, perfumed notes are revealed. Think musk and violets. Then the more exotic aromatics of warm, Indian spices and freshly turned earth appear. The complexity is just as provocative on the palate. A lovely cooked rhubarb character adds sweetness but vibrant acidity at the same time. The sweet fruits are balanced with restraining savory notes of cured meat and black olive.
Australian Wine Companion - "Deep garnet; a fragrant red fruited bouquet, with a floral lift and a touch of mocha spice; the palate is fleshy and generous, with a fresh acid backbone and an intriguing note of orange peel, a lingering character to the finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Dark purple. Smoky, spice-accented aromas and flavors of cassis and blueberry, with a suave incense nuance building with air. Fleshy but light on its feet, offering tangy dark fruit flavors that gain sweetness in the glass. Closes with very good energy and focus, trailing notes of peppery spice. "
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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