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d'Arenberg Joseph Rowe Osborn Afflatus Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale , Australia
  • JH 94
  • WS 91
  • ST 91
  • RP 91
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Winemaker 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,... View More

Critical Acclaim

JH 94
Australian Wine Companion

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.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

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

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ST 91
International Wine Cellar

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.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

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.


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d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia
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