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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009

Grenache from McLaren Vale , Australia
  • JH 94
  • V 91
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Winemaker Notes

The nose is an inviting swirl of flowers, spice, earth and red fruits including strawberries andmulberries. The palate is a textural wonderland, slippery graphite then grainy, gritty fruit tanninflows into earthy grip betraying its old-vine concentration. All the while the ripe red fruits danceabout, keeping everything fresh and zingy. This is an intense, structured Grenache worthy ofaging to build upon its already complex character. This is real Grenache, at its best.

Critical Acclaim

JH 94
Australian Wine Companion

A darker and more savoury example of Grenache from the stable, with leather, black fruits, thyme and black olive; the palate delivers assertive acidity and fine tannins, and the finish is long and expansive.

V 91
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Bright ruby. Ripe cherry and plum on the nose, with complicating notes of mocha and dried rose. Round, fleshy dark fruit flavors show very good depth and pick up smokiness with air. A brighter note of redcurrant arrives on the long, sappy, floral-accented finish. I like this wine's focus and bite.

d'Arenberg

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d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia
d'Arenberg
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