Posts Tagged d’Arenberg

Dinner With A Friend

By Glen Frederiksen One of my favorite parts of the world wine community is the camaraderie that we all share with one another. I know of no other special interest group that reaches out to make new friends as easily as those who profess a... Read more

2010 d’Arenberg ‘Blewitt Springs’ Grenache, McLaren Vale

For well over a decade, bottlings of the old vine Grenache grown in Blewitt Springs have received well-deserved kudos in the wine press. This one is a translucent, dusty ruby color. Tightly wound, this concentrated red slowly unfurls to release... Read more

2010 d’Arenberg ‘The Garden of Extraordinary Delights’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

From the Sand Hills sub-appellation in McLaren Vale. Nearly opaque purple/black in hue. Voluptuous scents of sweet blackberry, mulberry, and black plum join with a perfumed note of violets and eucalyptus. A palate-coating wine, it is velvety smooth... Read more

2010 d’Arenberg ‘The Jump Stump’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Nearly opaque red ruby color. The eucalyptus-tinged nose offers up crushed dark berries, tar, and vanilla. In the mouth, it seems lighter than the stated 14.5% alcohol, with the dark berry fruits taking on a tart edge. After mid-palate, some notes... Read more

2010 d’Arenberg ‘The Footbolt’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

A century ago, Footbolt was the name of a racehorse owned by Joseph Rowe Osborn. The horse was a winner, and Osborn parlayed his earnings into the purchase of the first vineyards of what would become d’Arenberg. This red has an opaque... Read more

2006 d’Arenberg ‘The Derelict Vineyard’ Grenache, McLaren Vale

Translucent crimson in color, lightening at the edges. Now seven years post-harvest, the primary briary red berry is smoothing out, showing additional aromas and flavors of red cherry cough drop, other light red fruits, a note of licorice, uplifted... Read more

2009 d’Arenberg ‘The Dead Arm’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Opaque purple/black hue. A deep, concentrated red, the nose offers up scents of syrupy mulberry and blackberry fruit, dark flowers, forest wood notes, and high-toned spice. It’s full in the mouth, coating the palate, where a sweet note of black... Read more

2010 d’Arenberg Shiraz ‘The Swinging Malaysian,’ Single Vineyard, McLaren Vale

One of d’Arenberg’s new projects is to showcase the components they use in fashioning their various iconic bottlings. This single-vineyard designate is a study in backbone and power. The first impression is color – dense, glass-staining... Read more

2002 d’Arenberg Shiraz-Viognier ‘The Laughing Magpie,’ McLaren Vale

This is a traditional Rhone-style blend, with 5% Viognier added to the Syrah/Shiraz to smooth the wine and uplift the aromatics. It is still a youngish-looking red, opaque crimson/black in the glass, with a slight lightening at the rim. Perfumed... Read more

A Taste of the Past

By Glen Frederiksen In 2002, and again in 2005, Your Humble Scribe and the Happy Cooker trekked to the Land Down Under to spend a month in the wine regions of Australia. We had a ball on those two trips, drinking great wines and meeting up with... Read more