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d'Arenberg The Swinging Malaysian Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • WE96
  • JH94
  • W&S94
  • RP91
14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The first thing to hit you with this wine is the savory spiciness of the wine. There is also touches of earth, woody herbs and Dutch licorice mixed with red fruits, and plums. The palate of this wine is beautifully spicy with sweet red fruits. The red , spicy and savoury fruit works beautifully with the bright tannins. The finish is lively and persistent with ample raspberry lift.

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
D'Arenberg's lineup of single-vineyard Shirazes is especially impressive in the 2010 vintage, and this was one of my favorites. The aromas are tight, nearly impenetrable at first, then only stubbornly yielding hints of graphite, but the mouthfeel is expansive and richly textured. Aristocratic notes of pencil shavings balance supple tannins and layers of dark fruit, concluding in espresso and chocolate on the finish. Drink now–2030.
JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
The 42-year-old vineyard was planted in loamy sand soils over limestone, originally to shiraz before being grafted to Riesling in the late 1970s, returning to shiraz in 2001. Is built in an austere mode, with more earth, tar and dark chocolate nuances; has impressive structure and more texture than most of the wines in the line-up.
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
In the same neighborhood as Osborn's Dipsomaniac, this vineyard was planted to shiraz in 1978, grafted over to riesling ten years later, then the vines cut and allowed to revert to shiraz in 2001. Half of the site is clay over sandstone, half is just bare sandstone. The wine itself is pure McLaren Vale in the old-fashioned d'Arenberg style. You can breath it out of the glass or out of the finish: minerals, pine, porcini, herbs, the fruit taut, edged in red, going the distance from flavor to memory. A classic, best suited to age.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 The Swinging Malaysian Single Vineyard Shiraz reveals youthfully muted aromas of black currants, red plums, and black pepper with nuances of salami, dried herbs and damp soil. Taut and muscular, with plenty of savory, peppery flavors and firm chewy tannins, this medium bodied wine finishes long and earthy.
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d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia
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One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.

McLaren Vale

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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 with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol 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 unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

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Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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