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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache

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The fruit for 'The Derelict' comes from vineyards Chester Osborn has resurrected after they were abandoned back in the day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, these vines are producing a small tonnage of fruit, which means it's super-concentrated. It's a robust, rich, red-fruited wine that shows aromas of raspberries, softly spiced strawberries and bracken on the nose. The palate is full, deep and lush, with a dark-berried centre, chewy, gravel-like tannins, bright acidity, and a dry, raspberry and savoury finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The nose is an inviting swirl of flowers, spice, earth and red fruits including strawberries and freshly-picked mulberries. This is serious stuff, layered, lifted and complex.

The palate is a textural wonderland, slippery graphite then grainy, gritty fruit tannin flows into earthy grip betraying its old-vine concentration. All the while the ripe red fruits dance about, keeping everything fresh and zingy.

This is an intense, structured Grenache worthy of ageing to build upon its already complex character. Decanting prior to serving will allow this wine to open, cellaring over the next 10 to 15 years will reward the patient.

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d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A darker and more savoury example of Grenache from the stable, with leather, black fruits, thyme and black olive; the palate delivers assertive acidity and fine tannins, and the finish is long and expansive.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Long and intense, with deep aromas of red plums and berries backed by earthy notes of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Sumptuous and juicy, its deep, dark and briary palate of preserve-like plum, cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavour is framed by fine, firmish tannins, finishing with fresh acids and lingering notes of cranberry.
2017-2021
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Clever name aside, this is in fact a blend from across the Vale. It’s a lovely textural and fruity style of fine tannins and impressive berry compote fruits, laced with mixed spice. The finish is long and well balanced.
2013-2016
Wine Taste Weekly Edition 107
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Long and intense, with deep aromas of red plums and berries backed by earthy notes of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Sumptuous and juicy, its deep, dark and briary palate of preserve-like plum, cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavour is framed by fine, firmish tannins, finishing with fresh acids and lingering notes of cranberry.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Scented with violets, red flowers, cranberries, mulberries, dark plums and blueberries backed by spicy notes of cloves and nutmeg, this earthy, slightly meaty but smooth and supple grenache is very open, gentle and savoury. Supple and juicy, with a smooth, fleshy palate of spicy, briary fruit framed by fine, firmish and dusty tannins, it's finely balanced and elegant.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Ever an interesting and distinctive Grenache, this has dried red fruits and earthy spices, some lighter perfume and red liquorice here too. The palate is svelte and keenly strcutured, savuory flavour hangs off fine drying tannins, mid-weight and even.
91
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Chester Osborn chooses the most structured and tannic grenache for this cuvee and it has immense personality, really forthright and packed with rugged charm. Aromas of dark berries and plums here; it has earthy, savoury complexity and some regional aniseed spice. The palate has savoury fine-grained tannins that sweep in flavoursome, rounded formation, finishing with plum skin flavour and neat balance.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Shows McLaren Vale Grenache to perfection; has excellent structure underpinning the delicious red fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
D'Arenberg has been a modern champion of McLaren Vale grenache; indeed it's made sure that a lot of the best vineyard sites have stayed planted with grenache. 2006 RELEASE A profound grenache. Incredibly well structured and fruited, the silken, blueberried, cherried fruit shot with minerals and gun smoke and then pulled tight and long by superfine tannins. Grenache is only ever medium weight but this is at the upper end of it. its texture and weight both thick and ravishingly smooth. Grenache of the Year. DRINK 2011-2020.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Classic example of an old vine hero with spicy berry fruit, density, texture and depth. Grenache has a sweet floral note here which varies from perfumed raspberry/roses to savoury black pepper with Turkish delight/fruitcake-like sweet fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
D'Arenberg has been a modern champion of McLaren Vale grenache; indeed it's made sure that a lot of the best vineyard sites have stayed planted with grenache. 2005 RELEASE You little beauty. Minerals, violets, blackberries, asphalt, cedarwood - this is a pristine little number, chocked full of personality. I'd be absolutely raving about this - except that the 2006 is even better. DRINK 2010-2020.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A powerful wine, which could only come from McLaren Vale and relatively old vines. It has tannin structure seldom seen in the Barossa, and no cosmetic overtones to the black fruits, chocolate and spices.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
We can blame the Osborns of McLaren Vale for the epidemic, now seemingly compulsory, of weird names with back-labels full of far-fetched stories behind them. (If you're dining alone, grab a bottle of d'Arenberg; at least you'll have something to read.) But we have just as many reasons to thank them, because they make wonderful wines—including this hedonistic explosion of cuddly grenache flavours. A teddy bear of a wine.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
91
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Rustic and ethereal, wild and spicy, with earthy, briary aromas of dark plums, blackberries, blueberries and charcuterie meats preceding a firm, deeply flavoured and beautifully structured palate of palate-staining intensity and explosive brightness. It's long and seamless, with a firm, drying undercarriage of tight-knit tannins. One of the best Australian grenaches I have ever tasted.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
95
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Classic example of an old vine hero with spicy berry fruit, density, texture and depth. Grenache has a sweet floral note here which varies from perfumed raspberry/roses to savoury black pepper with Turkish delight/fruitcake-like sweet fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
In inimitable McLaren Vale style, avoids the vapid/jammy notes found in many (not all) Barossa Valley Grenaches; however, the multifaceted red fruit flavours do border on the delicate.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91

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