d'Arenberg The Vociferate Dipsomaniac 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: 14.8%
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%.
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.
"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."
Wine & Spirits
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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...
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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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