2010 d'Arenberg "The Other Side" Single Vineyard Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1142197 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 The Other Side Single Vineyard Shiraz offers pronounced cassis and licorice notes with underlying hints of asphalt, mocha, Brazil nut and dried Chinese plum. The palate has concentrated berry and spice flavors with an attractive, savory edge. The firm acid backbone gives a refreshing, herbal lift to the long finish. Consider drinking it from 2014 to 2024+.  (2/ 2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Black and blue fruits on the intensely perfumed nose, with suave floral and incense notes adding complexity. Plush and expansive, with excellent depth and no rough edges to its cherry-cola and boysenberry flavors. Shows excellent clarity and power, finishing sweet, spicy and very long.  (7/ 2012)

92 points James Halliday

 The vines were planted in 1916 on the northern side of the family homestead, the soil a mix of clay, sand and loam on a base of limestone and clay. Deeply coloured, it is as yet very confronting on the bouquet, then a blockbuster palate with strong black fruits which are more savoury than any of the other wines in the group, and will be very long-lived. Needs time. (Tasted 7/2012)  (7/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 The hard-edged tannins provide a platform for the narrowly focused, licorice-accented blackberry and black pepper flavors, finishing with a tarry note. Needs cellaring. Best after 2015. (Web-2013)

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By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/10/2013  | Send Email
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The single vineyard selections from d'Arenberg are mind blowing shirazes- each and old vine expression from different parts of their legendary vineyard. 'The other side' was one of my favorites - a serious and brooding shiraz stuffed with a lot of plum and dark fruits, but with excellent structure, aging potential, and a finish of rose and white pepper.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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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