2010 d'Arenberg "High Trellis" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $20)
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.
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.
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.
Fresh and focused, this steely style offers almond and black tea overtones to the dark berry flavors, finishing with refinement. Best after 2014.
The excellent Cabernet is picked from vines planted between 1890 and 1920 (100+ year old Cabernet vines). The vines were put 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."