There seems to be talk about the different between Australian and French wine with part of the difference being an earthy character that they are able to get in French that we lack. From my perspective this earthiness is an expression of the terrior so a wine or area that showcases it is more desirable. Whatever they are doing at d'Arenberg they seem to be able to extract a clay or earthiness flavour to all their wines, especially their top end gear.
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2010
Old school man with a slap of American to boot. I can't stand American oak but it seems to work well here and be more integrated than I would expect at this stage. The flavours that are coming through are dried clay mixed with a blackberry compote, raspberries, fresh licorice and intense chocolate. While the flavours I would normally associate with a massively full bodied wine but here the wine seems to be on the lighter side of full bodied. It is hard to believe this was picked on the 27th of February but when I really think about it the acidity is well balanced and the flavour profile is pitched really nicely. One for the cellar I say.
Drink: In 10 years