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d'Arenberg d'Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache

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100% McLaren Vale Shiraz (59%) Grenache (41%)

This wine is named in honour of d’Arenberg principal, Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, who is universally known as d’Arry. A lifetime in wine has seen d’Arry recognised as a Winemakers Federation of Australia Patron and a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the wine industry.

The nose is packed with berries and spice with a darker background of black olive and freshly turned earth.

There is a luscious plum, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry core with secondary notes of clove and nutmeg. As the wine opens more delicate nuances are revealed, with floral notes appearing on the nose and palate. The tannins are fine and mineral, holding the wine together unobtrusively.

The fruit purity is the real star of this wine which shows great poise. The Grenache component makes it very approachable as a young wine and it will drink well until at least 2019. It will match well to a range of red meat dishes, from grilled lamb cutlets to black bean beef.

Winemaker's Notes

100% McLaren Vale Shiraz (59%) Grenache (41%)

This wine is named in honour of d’Arenberg principal, Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, who is universally known as d’Arry. A lifetime in wine has seen d’Arry recognised as a Winemakers Federation of Australia Patron and a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the wine industry.

The nose is packed with berries and spice with a darker background of black olive and freshly turned earth.

There is a luscious plum, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry core with secondary notes of clove and nutmeg. As the wine opens more delicate nuances are revealed, with floral notes appearing on the nose and palate. The tannins are fine and mineral, holding the wine together unobtrusively.

The fruit purity is the real star of this wine which shows great poise. The Grenache component makes it very approachable as a young wine and it will drink well until at least 2019. It will match well to a range of red meat dishes, from grilled lamb cutlets to black bean beef.

expert reviews about

d'Arenberg d'Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Long and balanced; an older style whose layers of dense fruit are likely to smooth and flesh out with cellaring. Its deep, spicy bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, briar and white pepper reveals nuances of polished leather, while its slightly meaty and almost savoury palate delivers a bright core of luminescent fruit underpinned by crunchy tannins. Long, soft and ready to age.
2022-2030+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This blended hallmark of tradition and proven success is looking good, with plenty of ripe red berry and red plums too, and lovely licorice from the region; really vibrant. The palate has punchy fruit attack in the red and blue fruit style, the tannins deliver the right amount of chew and the flavour s locked in right.
Good Wine Guide 2013
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A classic blend, showing the roots of its consistency, even in a challenging vintage; the bouquet straddles the line of fresh red fruits and savoury Provencal herbs beautifully; the palate is generous and soft, with an underlying structure providing freshness and contrast to the sweet fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This 2006 bottling commemorates d'Arry Osborn's 80th birthday and 64th vintage in the Vale, and I reckon they've steered some exceptional fruit the way of the original as a tribute to the old boy's outstanding life in wine. It smells of ripe summer berries and red licorice, some plums and spice - really compelling and soulful regional style. The palate's all wrapped in smooth, swirling tannin that cradles juicy plum and blackberry flavour gently from start to finish, lingering fruit presence. Superb drinking now and the potential to age with grace and charm.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Full bodied thanks to spicy grenache with a rounded red fruit structure presenting savoury and mushroom with time.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Abundant blackberry, plum cake, spice and chocolate flavours, supported by fine, ripe tannins and restrained oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Vibrant and youthful, this ripe and old-fashioned Australian burgundy style has a spicy fragrance of red and black cherry/plum fruit with undertones of cloves, cinnamon and restrained older oak. Long and smooth, It's soft and charming, with deep, bright blackberry/blueberry fruit framed by velvet tannin and finished with soft acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
92
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Full bodied thanks to spicy grenache with a rounded red-fruit structure presenting savoury and mushroom with time.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clear colour; a fragrant bouquet; bursts into life on the medium-bodied palate with a glorious mix of spice, raspberry and blackberry fruit; long finish. Outstanding for a difficult vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Complex savoury/spicy/earthy flavours with a red fruit core; spicy echoes; fine structure and tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
First made in 1961, when it was simply called Burgundy, and became famous with the 1967 vintage (seven trophies, 25 gold medals). There are bright, spicy/peppery notes to clean red berry fruit aromas; lovely, juicy red berry fruit with spice and mint runs along the palate, finishing with soft, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
93
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Excellent medium to full red-purple; the aromas are sweet, with blueberry and cherry, together with a hint of mint. The palate is very supple and elegant, with a silky, seamless mix of cherry, berry, mint and plum. Fine tannins on the finish. Top gold 1998 National Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
97
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red; a rich and complex array of aromas ranging through liquorice, chocolate, game and mint lead into a wonderfully accessible and textured palate with sweet berryish fruit, hints of liquorice and game, finishing with soft tannins. The initial confection trap characters have disappeared.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
93

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