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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009

Grenache from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH94
  • V91
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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.

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d'Arenberg

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d'Arenberg, , 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

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.