d'Arenberg The Other Side Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
A youthful, tight wine showing a strong influence of the soil "just rained on" earth character. With some air the plum, pepper and spice aromas emerge with considerable chocolate notes. The palate is rich and velvety, the tannins are gravelly and long. There are flavours of garrigue, dried herbs, licorice, earth, chocolate, graphite and dried plums. This is a wine of old school depth & style, fitting for a vineyard approaching its centenary.
The Wine Advocate - "Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 The Other Side Single Vineyard Shiraz offers pronounced cassis and licorice notes with underlying hints of asphalt, mocha, Brazil nut and dried Chinese plum. The palate has concentrated berry and spice flavors with an attractive, savory edge. The firm acid backbone gives a refreshing, herbal lift to the long finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Black and blue fruits on the intensely perfumed nose, with suave floral and incense notes adding complexity. Plush and expansive, with excellent depth and no rough edges to its cherry-cola and boysenberry flavors. Shows excellent clarity and power, finishing sweet, spicy and very long."
Australian Wine Companion - "The vines were planted in 1916 on the northern side of the family homestead, the soil a mix of clay, sand and loam on a base of limestone and clay. Deeply colored, it is as yet very confronting on the bouquet, then a blockbuster palate with strong black fruits which are more savory than any of the other wines in the group, and will be very long-lived. Needs time."
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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, 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 FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. 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 regions 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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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