Immediately on the nose one is struck by a complex array of dark, sweet and savory notes - plums, licorice, nutmeg and a subtle hint of cedar. The palate is typical of the vintage, concentrated and round, with velvety tannins, although still a touch of those beautiful, fine, gritty tannins so typical of d'Arenberg Grenache.
The flavor profile develops in glass, opening up with luscious mulberry and plum, laced with earthy notes and cured meats.
"A terrific value, this 50-50 blend displays gentle oaking and a hint of warm asphalt, just enough to highlight the wine’s plum and black cherry fruit. It’s full bodied and features a long finish, outlined by wonderfully fine, dusty tannins.
Editors' Choice "
"Vivid ruby. Intense red and dark berry aromas complicated by notes of rose, white pepper and licorice. Explosive black raspberry and cherry compote flavors are firmed by a touch of bitter chocolate and show very good depth. Dusty tannins give grip to a long, focused finish. This wine acts like a mullet in reverse: party in the front, business in the back."
International Wine Cellar
"Traditional style. Little sign of oak, sweet core of fruit, deceptively assertive tannin but an overall impression of softness. It doesn't look to be an ageworthy style but it will be. Blackberry, iodine and raspberry notes. Ferrous tannin. Good length."
Australian Wine Companion