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    d'Arenberg Joseph Rowe Osborn Afflatus Shiraz 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz - McLaren Vale, Australia


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    • ST91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 94 Australian Wine Companion, 91 Wine Spectator, 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar

    Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Collectible Wines, Green Wines, Screw Cap Wines, Boutique Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 125601

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The nose on this wine is tight and restrained. There are hints of mulberries, violets and game starting to appear but it needs time to open up and will benefit from a few more years in bottle. These hundred + year old vines always produce fruit with aromatic style and lift so it will be worth the wait. The sandy soils give a certain elegance and grace to the palate. You'll find meat and dark chocolate, dark olive black fruits and minerals balanced with long, chalky, textural tannins. This wine is layered and complex and shows just why old vines are so revered. We hope they will continue to yield in their second century of existence.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The naming of all these wines is pure Chester Osborn, and is explained at length on the website. The 102-year-old vines were planted by tee-totaller Joseph Rowe Osborn in the Beautiful View sub-region on sandy loam over clay. The bouquet is distinctly savory, with earth, spice and dark olive nuances, the palate multi-dimensional thanks to 3D tannins, yet finishing fresh and harmonious.

    94 Points
    Australian Wine Companion

    Hard-edged, with rocklike tannins around an aromatic core of black currant and licorice flavors, persisting impressively as the finish opens up.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 J.R.O. Afflatus Single Vineyard Shiraz presents aromas of crushed cassis and wild blueberries with underlying cedar, yeast extract and Provencal herb nuances. Medium to full-bodied, it is very youthful and tightly knit in the mouth with a firm backbone of chewy tannins, medium to high acid and a long finish.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Opaque ruby. Musky dark berry and cherry pit aromas are complemented by notes of candied licorice and violet. Offers sweet cassis and cherry-cola flavors that are firmed and lifted by tangy acidity. Fine-grained tannins give grip to a long, spicy and subtly sweet finish. This youthful wine deserves patience.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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