Sunday, 29 January 2012

d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009

Grenache is one of the most planted varieties in the world yet in Australia it doesn't even rank in the top 4 which is a pity as it is a conservative variety that doesn't need much love to produce a wine of interest and an ability to drink well with food. D'Arenberg has really taken Grenache under their wings, linking their success directly to this variety.  As the vines produce a large canopy and the large juicy grapes can stand warm and windy weather it is justified to say that this variety may fit perfectly with many regions in South Australia.

d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009

This wines has a lovely lipstick aroma on opening but soon flavours of fresh herbs and red licorice rise from the glass.  I just let this sit in the glass while everything unfolded for 24 hours before I decided to stick it in my mouth as it was that good. Once the brooding and savoury flavours hit my tongue there was a note of sour cranberries and red-fruits joining the party before the tannins took hold.  They are definitely evident but they are light and jovial on my tongue providing interest and a food friendly appeal. 

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $29
Rated: 92
Drink: Now - 2022


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