d'Arenberg The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
On the nose of this wine there is a whiff of freshly cracked pepper and violets to start, then dives quickly into a swirl of sweet plums, red berries and earthy minerals. The palate is fresh and spicy with bright red and purple fruits that sit nicely with the earthy tannins. The tannins are gritty and textural adding to the complexity and intrigue. This wine has great concentration of fruit coupling with the bony tannins giving it weight and vibrancy, all in balance. This will be a very long living wine so clear some space in the cellar.
Wine & Spirits - "Chester Osborn describes this vineyard as "sitting at the top of the hill in the Beautiful View sub-district," the vines rooted in 50-million-year-old limestonewith red-brown earth on top. While the name may imply a loud craving for alochol, this wine won't deliver that satisfaction in any overt way. What it offers instead is a spark of black pepper in the scent, layered with porchini, roots and herbs as it opens with air. The black fruit is compressed into an earthy mineral tensio, the structure precise, allowin gthe wine's brightness to glint through the smoke of the finish - a compelling vineyard expression, whether you decant it now or cellar it for 10 years."
Australian Wine Companion - "The most obscure name, the word 'vociferate' a transitive and intransitive verb. The color is very bright, especially on the rim; a distinctly different bouquet with nuances of brush/silage, the palate with full-on black fruits and tannins to match, but those tannins are not dry, the overall balance excellent."
International Wine Cellar - "Glass-staining purple. Smoky, powerful aromas of blackberry, cherry pit, licorice and violet. Weighty but lively, offering sweet dark fruit compote flavors that stain the palate. Smoothly blends power with vivacity, showing an array of spice and dark fruit qualities on the long, seductively spicy finish."
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose on the 2010 The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Single Vineyard Shiraz is dense with blueberry compote and stewed plum aromas over touches of blackberry preserves, spice cake, vanilla pod and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and packed with ripe fruit in the mouth, it is framed by a medium level of chewy tannins, medium to high balanced acidity and a long, savory finish."
Wine Spectator - "Features a distinctive fruit profile, offering rhubarb, raspberry, cherry and rooibos tea notes persisting against refined tannins."
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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.