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d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Blend

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On the nose we are struck by the typical dark fruits that drinkers of this wine have come to love and expect. 

Plums, mulberries, fresh soil and more developed peaty like notes are all apparent, with an underlying lick of exotic Indian spice. But, it is the irony, stone like character that gives away the vintage. 

An abundance of fresh fruits on the palate marry well with the more complex characters of quince paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and earthy beetroot. Driving the core of the wine is that vintage trademark in the form of graphite and wet stone. This wine, while appearing open and generous already, will continue to age well thanks to the lively line of acidity and the abundance of fine gritty tannins.

Reviews and Accolades

An almost glass-staining reddish purple, this little beauty has an aroma of spicy dark chocolate and berries. It has plenty of body and a tasty complexity care of its three grape varieties. It’s earthy and full of red fruit flavours with an enticing stony acidity and tannins holding it all together very nicely.
94 points - Geelong Advertiser, Cameron Best

Gold Medal, Best McLaren Vale Pre-Release - 2010 McLaren Vale Wine Show
Langton’s Annual Wine Selection 2013
Langton’s Top 50

Winemaker's Notes

On the nose we are struck by the typical dark fruits that drinkers of this wine have come to love and expect. 

Plums, mulberries, fresh soil and more developed peaty like notes are all apparent, with an underlying lick of exotic Indian spice. But, it is the irony, stone like character that gives away the vintage. 

An abundance of fresh fruits on the palate marry well with the more complex characters of quince paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and earthy beetroot. Driving the core of the wine is that vintage trademark in the form of graphite and wet stone. This wine, while appearing open and generous already, will continue to age well thanks to the lively line of acidity and the abundance of fine gritty tannins.

Reviews and Accolades

An almost glass-staining reddish purple, this little beauty has an aroma of spicy dark chocolate and berries. It has plenty of body and a tasty complexity care of its three grape varieties. It’s earthy and full of red fruit flavours with an enticing stony acidity and tannins holding it all together very nicely.
94 points - Geelong Advertiser, Cameron Best

Gold Medal, Best McLaren Vale Pre-Release - 2010 McLaren Vale Wine Show
Langton’s Annual Wine Selection 2013
Langton’s Top 50

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d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Blend

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate (2009 Vintage) says
Lisa Perrotti-Brown 94+ Points 

The 2009 Ironstone Pressings GSM is a blend of 70% 
Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre (planted in 1918). 
Deep garnet-purple coloured, the nose is just a little bit restrained, offering 
notes of earth and tar over dark chocolate, blueberries and black cherries plus a 
whiff of prunes. The full bodied palate is wonderfully concentrated and 
structured with tons of savour fruit balanced by crisp acidity and a firm level of 
chewy tannins. Its finish is long and layered. Drink it 2013 to 2022+. 

Lisa Perrotti-Brown
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant, spicy and rather polished, with a vibrant, brightly lit bouquet of briary, confiture-like blackberry, dark plum, blueberry and cassis-like aromas backed by musky spices, dried herbs and a subtle background of older oak. It's long and smooth, charmingly balanced and evenly fruited, with enticing, juicy fruit supported by dusty, pliant tannins, before a savoury finish wrapped in fresh acids. Delicious.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
93

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