d'Arenberg The Other Side Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz 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: 14.6%
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%.
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.
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
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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...
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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.
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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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