d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
As a young wine, the High Trellis has a dense, dark appearance with a ruby edge. The aroma isintense with ripe, black fruit characters suggesting mulberries, black currants and plums mixedwith notes of cedar. Earthy notes appear as the wine opens up further. The palate flaunts ripeblackcurrant, cassis, and mulberry fruit with edgy, ripe tannins and the perfect balance of oak.
This wine is approachable now and will gain considerable complexity and secondary savorycharacters with time in the bottle. The optimum drinking age is over the next 10 to 15 years.
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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.