The 2012 vintage is a good release of the $18 “The Footbolt” shiraz from d’Arenberg. Its aromatics remind squarely of McLaren Vale shiraz. Little berries, wet green herbs, chocolate, pepper and spice come to mind in terms of aromatics. The palate is fresh, with reminders of mixed herbs, thyme and plum. It’s aged in a mixture of new and used French and American oak. Overall, this is a fresh and clean release.