d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage 2011
The 2011 Galvo Garage's primary fruit characters of cassis, tomato leaf and red capsicum just starting to wane, gently giving way to secondary notes of forest floor, black olive, fresh leather and mixed spice. A lovely cedary note also adds to the ever more complex nature of this wine. The mouthfeel is particularly sleek, with balanced fruit and tannins that purr from one end of the palate to the other. No rollercoaster ride here but rather a passage marked by consistency and length. Enjoy this wine now, as the window has opened, and similarly for some years into the future.
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
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.