2004 D'Arenberg "D'Arry's Original" Shiraz-Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1037048 94 points James Halliday

 Abundant blackberry, plum cake, spice and chocolate flavours, supported by fine, ripe tannins and restrained oak.  (9/2006)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of my consistent favorites from d’Arenberg is their d’Arry’s Original, and the terrific 2004 is a super value. A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by beautiful blackberry, cassis, cherry, and licorice scents with hints of Provencal herbs and pepper in the background. This medium to full-bodied, front end-loaded blend of Shiraz and Grenache possesses considerable fruit, body, and silky tannins as well as enough acidity to provide definition.  (10/2006)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, inky ruby. Piercing, vibrant bouquet of bitter cherry, cassis, fruity black pepper, dark chocolate and espresso. Then sweet and lush in the mouth, with ripe but bright red berry flavors and notes of mocha, cracked pepper and violet candy. This offers excellent purity of flavor and a persistent, spicy tone that carries through the finish. A superb combination of earthy, musky and sweet, with medium weight and a chewy, tactile character. Finishes with fine-grained, dusty tannins.  (8/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lithe and spicy, with a mild grip to the texture and a star anise note mingling with the cherry and pomegranate flavors, finishing harmoniously. Best from 2009 through 2015.  (9/2006)

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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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McLaren Vale