d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale , Australia
Initially the nose is dominated by lifted Shiraz notes of sweet, plums and rich, dark licorice. As the wine opens, the cocktail of varieties clinging to the Shiraz becomes more evident. At first, pretty, perfumed notes are revealed. Think musk and violets. Then the more exotic aromatics of warm, Indian spices and freshly turned earth appear. The complexity is just as provocative on the palate. A lovely cooked rhubarb character adds sweetness but vibrant acidity... View More
Deep garnet; a fragrant red fruited bouquet, with a floral lift and a touch of mocha spice; the palate is fleshy and generous, with a fresh acid backbone and an intriguing note of orange peel, a lingering character to the finish.
Dark purple. Smoky, spice-accented aromas and flavors of cassis and blueberry, with a suave incense nuance building with air. Fleshy but light on its feet, offering tangy dark fruit flavors that gain sweetness in the glass. Closes with very good energy and focus, trailing notes of peppery spice.
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