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d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2004

d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2004

Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia

Price: $19.00 $14.99
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Item No. 88062
  • JH94
  • RP91
  • WS90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • WE91
  • ST91
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is named in honour of d'Arenberg's principal, Francis d'Arenberg Osborn, universally known as d'Arry. d'Arry's Original – called d'Arry's Burgundy in the 60's, 70's and 80's (in the days when medium bodied red wines with a soft finish were always called Burgundy) has always been made from Shiraz and Grenache, the backbone varieties of McLaren Vale, grown on d'Arenberg's low-yielding, 19th century vineyards.

d'Arry's Original is very much a traditional style of wine, being rich, lucious and opulently soft and very much an expression of terroir and variety which ages spectacularly. The final blend varies from year to year in an effort to maintain the well-established hallmarks of d'Arry's Original.

In its youth d'Arry's Original display a bright magenta like brick red colour. The nose invariably attacks with lifted spicy cinnamon plum, mulberry & prune aromas. Typically cherry, wild strawberry & lolly-like musk smells also, as well as tighter liquorice, spice, rosemary & fennel smells. Hints of coffee & caramel on the nose are usually quite evident on the palate; a backdrop for cherry-raspberry & richer mulberry-blackberry primary fruit. The palate is typically d'Arenberg & McLaren Vale, soft & rich in the middle, rolling on to a soft but slightly piquant acid/tannin finish.

Well cellared, d'Arry's Original becomes, soft, generous, full flavored, velvety long & seamless in bottle, with no particular component standing out, as more than four decades of previous vintages have shown.

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dcvessey - Colorado Springs, CO (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
This is one of the best wines I've had in years. Typical of McLaren Vale, it is well balanced and bursting with great aroma.
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Rating:
(8/3/2010)
Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I was looking forward to this wine based upon its ratings and review. When I opened the bottle, The first two things I noticed were the beautiful color of the cork and the wine. The wine had decent legs, but upon sniffing the cork, I knew I was about to be let down. The cork smelled slightly vinegary, the bouquet was similarly hinting heavy handed on acid and tannin. Upon sipping the wine I noticed that the cork and bouquet belied the true nature of the wine. The tannins and acid were heavy handed, so much so that I could barely taste any of the undertones. I definitely won't buy this again. I'll still to my Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons.
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elf - San Mateo, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/26/2010)
I loved it...really a nice change from some of the other reds I've been drinking. I would definitely buy a case of this.
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Learn About d'Arenberg Map ItMap It

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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Learn About McLaren Vale

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 Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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