2005 d'Arenberg "d'Arry's Original" Shiraz-Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $16)

SKU #1048328

93 points Wine and Spirits: "Francis d'Arenberg Osborn, better known as d'Arry, developed this style in the 1960s; his son, Chester, who makes the wine today, has taken some creative directions with other styles while continuing to defer to his father with this wine. And he nailed it in 2005. It's classical McLaren, with full-bore strawberry and raspberry fruit blowing through curtains of tannins that feel fresh despite their earthy weight. Rustic and pretty. Buy a case or more. You won't grow tired of it." According to Robert Parker: "The 2005 d'Arry’s Original Shiraz (50%) / Grenache (50%) was aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It is purple-colored with aromas of violets, meat, black cherry, plum, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, it offers plenty of spicy red and black fruits, silky tannins, and good depth. It has several years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now. It is an excellent value." (10/07) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07: "(a 50/50 blend of shiraz and grenache) Bright purple. Youthfully grapey on the nose, offering vibrant dark berry and cherry scents. Firm, restrained blackberry and cassis flavors display excellent focus and clarity, with fine-grained tannins giving the wine a firm structural underpinning..." According to Wine Spectator: "Bright in flavor and refined in texture, with plum and rhubarb notes mingling with cedar as the slightly gamy finish lingers. Drink now through 2010."

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Australia

- 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale