d'Arenberg The Swinging Malaysian 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: 13.9%
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%.
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.
"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. "
Wine & Spirits
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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...
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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.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...
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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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