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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2006

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH 94
  • ST 91
  • W&S 91
  • RP 91
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Winemaker Notes

On initial pouring, the colours of this wine are dark and concentrated and suggest a very young wine. Served blind, the fragrance and voluptuous, red fruit aromas lead you to think that it's more likely a brooding Kiwi pinot than McLaren Vale Grenache. However, as the aromas evolve, notes of roasted meats, liquorice, spices, white pepper & sweet paprika emerge. Combined with concentrated maraschino cherries & blueberry flavours and it soon becomes obvious that this... View More

Critical Acclaim

JH 94
Australian Wine Companion

ST 91
International Wine Cellar

Dark red. Fresh red berries, musky underbrush, flowers and licorice on the complex nose. At once concentrated and lively, with fresh red fruit flavors and slow-mounting Indian spices. Finishes with impressive tang and length-not to mention excellent balance.

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W&S 91
Wine & Spirits

This has the chocolate-dipped strawberry flavors of ripe grenache, with brightness to the fruit that gives a dynamic feel to the structure. It will make a clean, fresh contrast to braised lamb.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

The deep crimson-colored 2006 The Derelict Vineyard Grenache is redolent of garrigue, lavender, and black cherry aromas. Dense, layered, and sweetly fruited, it will deliver pleasure over the next six years.


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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