d'Arenberg The Swinging Malaysian Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The first thing to hit you with this wine is the savory spiciness of the wine. There is also touches of earth, woody herbs and Dutch licorice mixed with red fruits, and plums. The palate of this wine is beautifully spicy with sweet red fruits. The red , spicy and savoury fruit works beautifully with the bright tannins. The finish is lively and persistent with ample raspberry lift.
Wine & Spirits - "In the same neighborhood as Osborn's Dipsomaniac, this vineyard was planted to shiraz in 1978, grafted over to riesling ten years later, then the vines cut and allowed to revert to shiraz in 2001. Half of the site is clay over sandstone, half is just bare sandstone. The wine itself is pure McLaren Vale in the old-fashioned d'Arenberg style. You can breath it out of the glass or out of the finish: minerals, pine, porcini, herbs, the fruit taut, edged in red, going the distance from flavor to memory. A classic, best suited to age. "
Australian Wine Companion - "The 42-year-old vineyard was planted in loamy sand soils over limestone, originally to shiraz before being grafted to Riesling in the late 1970s, returning to shiraz in 2001. Is built in an austere mode, with more earth, tar and dark chocolate nuances; has impressive structure and more texture than most of the wines in the line-up."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Intense black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by notes of licorice, mint and woodsmoke. Deep, penetrating boysenberry and blueberry flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and show impressive clarity. Juicy and nervy on the finish, which strongly echoes the blue fruit note."
The Wine Advocate - "Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 The Swinging Malaysian Single Vineyard Shiraz reveals youthfully muted aromas of black currants, red plums, and black pepper with nuances of salami, dried herbs and damp soil. Taut and muscular, with plenty of savory, peppery flavors and firm chewy tannins, this medium bodied wine finishes long and earthy."
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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
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.