d'Arenberg Wild Pixie Shiraz Rousanne 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Intensely dark, almost black with a purple hue. The nose is lifted and fragrant with blueberry and violets leaping from the glass before a complex background of licorice, boot polish, freshly turned earth and cooked meat emerges. Each sniff reveals more intriguing characters.
The palate carefully balances ripeness and elegance opening with fruit characters of plum and blackberry leaf before nuances of smoked meats, forest floor and cinnamon stick are revealed. The earthy character is a... View More
Inky purple. Pungent aromas of blackberry, mulberry, olive and cracked pepper on the cool but ripe nose. Supple and sweet but firm, with deep, spice-accented flavors of dark berries, licorice and black pepper. Nothing shy about this. Finishes with broad tannins, persistent sweet fruit and hints of succulent herbs and spicecake. For a rich wine, this is surprisingly lithe and precise.
The 2008 The Wild Pixie is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Roussanne aged for 12 months in mostly seasoned French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an enticing perfume of cedar, smoke, game, bacon, and blueberry. Firm and flavorful on the palate (from fruit picked before the heat wave), this savory, lengthy wine will evolve for 2-3 years and deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2020. Rating: 91+
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