d’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2010

This is the last of d’Arenberg’s new releases of their top of the line range.  The 2010 vintage of “The Ironstone Pressings” is a blend of 70% grenache, 25% shiraz and 5% mourvedre and I found this to be an interesting, complex and restrained release of a McLaren Vale GSM.  Reminding much more of a southern Rhône Valley wine than expected, there are aromatics of blackberry, blueberry, bouquet garnis, cedar and dried Australian scrub undergrowth.  The palate is more long than deep, with initial pretty red cherry and plum flavours putting on weight, and some savoury meaty characters emerging, in each case with time in the glass.  Overall, this is a balanced wine that merits decanting, and will reward exploration over the next 5 to 10 years.

Rating: Good to Very Good, Abv: 13.9%, Price: $65, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.darenberg.com.au, Tasted: 2014

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