2010 d'Arenberg "The Other Side" Single Vineyard Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia (Previously $70)
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+.
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.
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)
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)