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d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2015

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Winemaker Notes

McLaren Vale through and through! Here is the epitome of great Shiraz from d'Arenberg's world-renowned region. This is a wine that seduces. The nose is loaded with black pepper and baking spices. Licorice and aniseed aromas are lifted by bucket loads of red and black plummy berry fruit. It's not just fruit and spice on the nose here, though. This is a complex wine showing fresh mushroom and forest floor characters with subtle hints of aged oak and scented glimpses of seasoned leather and pipe tobacco. The seduction continues on the palate with a foreboding rush of dark fruit, blood orange, charcuterie, and peaty earth. All wrapped around a robust concentrated core of chewy, round tannin. This vibrant tannin line carries through to a long, spicy, mineral finish. A wine any lover of Shiraz will happily be seduced by.

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
Dense and concentrated, with cassis, blackberry and dried cherry flavors that have an appealing chewy, rustic profile, with plenty of charm to the tobacco, spice and black tea flavors, lingering harmoniously. Drink now through 2028.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

If it weren't for the savory undercurrent of black olives running through it, you might be forgiven for mistaking d'Arenberg's 2015 The Footbolt Shiraz for a vanilla-laced boysenberry pie. That's an exaggeration, but this medium to full-bodied effort does have copious amounts of mixed berry fruit, plentiful fine-grained tannins and a dry, hearty finish. It's one of my favorite vintages of this wine to date.

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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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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône Blends, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style.

Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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