d’Arenberg The Custodian McLaren Vale Grenache 2016

This is a very good example of McLaren Vale grenache and a steal at $20. The 2016 vintage has aromas of earth, redcurrant and spice. The palate has firm and structured tannins, that surprise with their vigour. Drink now or over the next 6-8 years. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $20. Website: […]

d’Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache McLaren Vale 2014

This is another excellent grenache from d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale.  Deeply coloured (for grenache), the 2014 vintage has savoury aromas of chocolate, liquorice and cherry.  The palate is full bodied with well integrated ripe fruit and cedar characters, and very good length on the finish.  Ready to drink now, this is a very good example […]

d’Arenberg The Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre McLaren Vale 2016

The 2016 vintage of d’Arenberg’s “The Bonsai” GSM is a blend of 48% grenache, 47% shiraz and 5% mourvèdre.  It is quite reticent in its aroma, with some red berry characters.  The palate is baked and full bodied in impression, with sweet and savoury edges and somewhat prominent acidity.  Ready to drink now, this is […]

McLaren Vale visit

I visited McLaren Vale briefly with my fellow MW students in November, with stops at Coriole and Noon.  Some vineyard pictures and brief comments follow. (Above) Shiraz vines at Coriole, against a backdrop of dry fields.  Some (possible) wind damage on shoot tips on right hand side. Fruit set on 1919 shiraz vines at Coriole. […]

d’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2016

Image courtesy of d’Arenberg d’Arenberg’s “The Ironstone Pressings” continues its form as a benchmark McLaren Vale GSM.  A blend of 70% grenache, 25% shiraz and 5% mourvèdre, the 2016 vintage is savoury and earthy, but with ripe and full flavoured fruit underneath.  The palate is full bodied, viscous and has quite firm but ripe tannins […]

Hardy’s new release 2015 and 2016 sub regional McLaren Vale Tintara reds

I recently tried Hardy’s new release sub regional Tintara reds, all from McLaren Vale.  These are all very high quality wines and present great value for money at the premium end of the market. Hardy’s Tintara Blewitt Springs Shiraz 2015, McLaren Vale This shiraz is from the Blewitt Springs, which is the furthest part of McLaren […]

d’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2015

d’Arenberg’s The Ironstone Pressings is a benchmark GSM from the McLaren Vale region.  The 2015 vintage in the glass here has aromatics that remind of black fruits and cedar, the latter particularly well handled.  The palate is dry, the tannins are firm and the length long.  This wine supports my thesis that grenache (and its […]

d’Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz McLaren Vale 2016

This is a deeply coloured and full flavoured release of The Footbolt shiraz from d’Arenberg that punches well above its $18 price.  In the glass, there are aromas of plums and black fruits.  The palate is dry, full bodied with very firm tannins and has attractive ripe fruit.  This wine can be drunk now (give […]

d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier McLaren Vale 2013

They’ve nailed this one.  A d’Arenberg staple, this is a potentially outstanding release of The Laughing Magpie shiraz viognier and may well be the best wine yet I have tasted under this label.  A deeply coloured shiraz in the glass, it has attractive and brooding aromas of licorice, black fruits, cedar and leather.  The palate […]