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1998 d'Arenberg "The Ironstone Pressings" GSM McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1011852 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 The Ironstone Pressings (70% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, and 10% Mourvedre) is a powerful, dense, thick, slightly monolithic effort with copious amounts of blackberry fruit, huge body, and the potential to evolve for two decades. Even though it had been in the bottle for some time when I tasted it, it was still unformed. With silky tannin, explosive richness, and potentially top-flight perfume, it will have many admirers after another six months of bottle age. It should last for 15 years. (RP)  (6/2001)

90 points Vinous

 Medium ruby. Very ripe but cool aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice, pepper and mint. Sweet, creamy and concentrated; pliant and deep, with complicating spice tones. A firmly tannic blend with the structure to develop in bottle. (ST)  (7/2001)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth and generous with its spicy blackberry ripeness, folding in intriguing chocolate and nutmeg complexity as the flavors extend into a long finish. Tannins are refined, lending elegance. (HS)  (12/2000)

James Halliday

 Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is very ripe, with slightly jammy grenache setting the tone, together with a hint of mint. The palate has massive body and extract, with the tannins running throughout; a convincing demonstration of raw power.  (7/2011)

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- 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.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale