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d'Arenberg The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH94
  • W&S94
  • RP91
  • WS90
14.8% ABV
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14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

On the nose of this wine there is a whiff of freshly cracked pepper and violets to start, then dives quickly into a swirl of sweet plums, red berries and earthy minerals. The palate is fresh and spicy with bright red and purple fruits that sit nicely with the earthy tannins. The tannins are gritty and textural adding to the complexity and intrigue. This wine has great concentration of fruit coupling with the bony tannins giving it weight and vibrancy, all in balance. This will be a very long living wine so clear some space in the cellar.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
The most obscure name, the word 'vociferate' a transitive and intransitive verb. The color is very bright, especially on the rim; a distinctly different bouquet with nuances of brush/silage, the palate with full-on black fruits and tannins to match, but those tannins are not dry, the overall balance excellent.
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
Chester Osborn describes this vineyard as "sitting at the top of the hill in the Beautiful View sub-district," the vines rooted in 50-million-year-old limestonewith red-brown earth on top. While the name may imply a loud craving for alochol, this wine won't deliver that satisfaction in any overt way. What it offers instead is a spark of black pepper in the scent, layered with porchini, roots and herbs as it opens with air. The black fruit is compressed into an earthy mineral tensio, the structure precise, allowin gthe wine's brightness to glint through the smoke of the finish - a compelling vineyard expression, whether you decant it now or cellar it for 10 years.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose on the 2010 The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Single Vineyard Shiraz is dense with blueberry compote and stewed plum aromas over touches of blackberry preserves, spice cake, vanilla pod and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and packed with ripe fruit in the mouth, it is framed by a medium level of chewy tannins, medium to high balanced acidity and a long, savory finish.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Features a distinctive fruit profile, offering rhubarb, raspberry, cherry and rooibos tea notes persisting against refined tannins.
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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.

In the Glass

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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