A warm start to summer saw the 2007 vintage begin early and produce fruit of reduced berry
and bunch size, resulting in great flavor conccentration. The 2007 High Trellis is a reflection of this, with a perfumed nose of fresh blackberry, mint and earthy complexity. The palate is tight
and focused with varietal blackcurrant forming the core. Given time to breathe, raspberry and
blueberry emerge along with coffee bean and cocoa notes that are well balanced by the cedar
character of the subtle toasty oak.
Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and redcurrant aromas are complicated by tobacco, cedar and dried rose. Very cabernet, offering cherry and red berry flavors and a good wallop of licorice. Tannins build with air and extend through the long, juicy finish, which features a building smoky note. This is already nicely complex.
A fruit-forward nose belies the chewy tannins and more serious leather tones that come through in the mouth. Acidity stands out on the medium finish. Give it a year or two for better integration, then try with a grilled steak.
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... View More