2010 d'Arenberg "High Trellis" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1146888 93 points James Halliday

 Full purple-crimson; lush blackcurrant on the bouquet and palate is the mainstay of an attractive medium-bodied wine, integrated oak and ripe tannins partners in crime. A drink today or in 10 years style, a regional dark chocolate nuance on the farewell.  (8/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. Aromas of cherry compote, boysenberry and pipe tobacco, with subtle smoke and cracked pepper accents. Lush and creamy in texture, offering hefty dark fruit flavors that are sharpened by a spicy nuance. Finishes smooth and long, with soft tannins adding gentle grip.  (7/2012)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 An intense, floral cabernet with red fruit ripeness, this wine balances the powerful grip of tannins with vibrant, juicy richness. It’s young and sleek, likely to grow more savory as it ages.  (10/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and focused, this steely style offers almond and black tea overtones to the dark berry flavors, finishing with refinement.  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

This excellent Cabernet is picked from vines planted between 1890 and 1920. The vines were trained on a trellis that was waist high, and since everything else at this time was grown at knee level hence the name "High Trellis." The posts and wires have since rotted and rusted away, leaving the gnarled old vines to fend for themselves. Winemaker Chester Osbourne's notes: "The nose is fresh and lifted, full of violets and blackcurrants mixing with leafy aromatics and violets. The oak supplies a touch of cedar adding complexity with the typical soulful earthiness of d'Arenberg reds. The palate is textured and lithe, coated by lacy tannins with a core of cassis, licorice and plum fruit mixed with earth, graphite and a mineral tail. It's well weighted, fresh and balanced, inviting now or will reward the patient."

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2013 | Send Email
The High Trellis vineyard was planted in the late 1890's and received its nickname due to the fact that it was the first vineyard at d'Arenberg to be trained above the knee! The bouquet soars with violets, black cherry,currants, dark plum and cedar. On the palate, there is the typical d'Arenberg fine tannin structure that is still ripe and somewhat supple. Notes of earth, mineral, and licorice emerge with fine supporting acidity good length. Drinkable now, but would reward some cellar time and last 10 years as well. This is pretty serious Cabernet for $15 and a super value.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2013 | Send Email
Concentrated, bright red cherry, cassis, plum, currant, and notes of sandalwood. Very elegant, with medium plus acidity and medium, well-integrated tannin. Ridiculously good. Completely bonkers that this old vine Cabernet Sauvignon is only $14.99! It beats the pants off of a lot of sub-$20 California Cabernet, but with the same generous fruit and great balance. This is one Cab to buy by the case- you will not be disappointed!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2013 | Send Email
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Seriously good Cab for a tiny price! From very old vines in McLaren Vale, this wine has great power and concentration with lush dark fruits, blackcurrant, cassis, crushed mint, sweet tobacco and new leather. Med-full bodied with a nice grip to the tannin supporting the dense fruit. As with all of Chester's wines it has a lovely earthy component and vibrant acidity that sets it apart from pretty much all other challengers in this price point by adding an additional layer of complexity and intrigue. A stunning hearty red as we head into the depths of winter. A very crowd pleasing style of Cabernet at a pocket book pleasing price!
Top Value!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- 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.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale