d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2005 Front Label
d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2005 Front Label

d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2005

Grenache
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Winemaker Notes

Some years ago, Chester Osborn sought out additional super premium Grenache fruit from McLaren Vale to meet the high demand for d'Arenberg's Grenache-based wines. Many old vineyards showed promise, although the vineyards were neglected with weeds and native grass dominating the vines. The vines resembled Medusa's hair - wild, struggling and gnarled - and became the inspiration for this wine. Over the years, these vines have become tamed and rejuvenated with d'Arenberg's tender loving care.

The 2005 Derelict Vineyard displays a distinct aroma of old vine characteristics. On the nose, earth, red berries, cherries, cranberries, plums and tarry leather notes are complemented by more exotic juicy characters of toasted fennel seed, allspice, pepper, and vanilla bean. The palate is rich with ripe cranberry, mulberry and Turkish delight balanced by a framework of lively tannins and elevated acidity. This wine is elegant with a wonderful softness, which is what Grenache is all about.

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W&S 91
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d'Arenberg is one of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and other Rhone varieties that have historically defined the region. A century on, their vineyards have grown to some 450 acres in McLaren Vale, including Shiraz dating back to d'Arenberg's first plantings in 1912, and nearly one-third of McLaren Vale's old bush-vine Grenache. Fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, recently converted all of the family's vineyards to organics and biodynamics and moved to solar energy in the winery. All the while, in terms of winemaking, not much has changed--all the wines are basket-pressed, the reds foot-trodden during fermentation; everything is done in small batches, leading to an impressive array of bottlings every year, each showing a different facet of McLaren Vale terroir. Having been inducted into Wine & Spirits Magazine's Hall of Fame for earning a place on its Top 100 Wineries nine times, this accolade is a reflection of d'Arenberg's revered reputation worldwide.

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