Saturday, 18 July 2015

d'Arenberg Icon release 2015

d'Arenberg Icon release 2011's
So the 2011 release of d'Arenberg's icons might sound like it could be a difficult bunch of wines but I really liked their amazing site release so I was hoping for something special.
d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2011
A very good start to the tasting with a lovely earthy plummy aromas slowly flowing out of the glass. It is the same of the palate except there is pepper and spices thrown in with a touch of rhubarb and beetroot skin licking my tonsils. The wine is only medium bodied with a soft amount of tannin sitting under the flavours which makes me think I would be consuming this earlier than the 2010 version.
Alcohol: 14.3%
Price: $65
Rated: 88
Drink: Now - 2020
d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2011
This is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre and is normally one of the best of these releases. This release does posses the depth or length when you compare it to last few years but it does have some dirty earth flavours with a mix of red berry fruits that is appearling. I think the Grenache needs a bit of heat to fully express itself yet I do like the more interesting appeal as I think people had to work harder to make quality wines. On the down side the length is only average with a dilute mid-palate.
Alcohol: 14.1%
Price: $65
Rated: 86
Drink: Now - 2020
d'Arenberg The Copper Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
I thought this was going to be the worst of the lot but the quality was so good I thought I picked up a different wine. It must have been the thick skins that saves this beautiful beast. This tastes more mints and dusty than normal with moments of blackcurrant pastilles, fresh cut French herbs and cedar on a medium to full bodied palate. The tannins kick in after a day open a bring this up a level with a chalkiness and light feel about them but they are in abundance as they take hold on my tongue. A brilliant outcome and a little surprise
Alcohol: 14.3%
Price: $65
Rated: 91
Drink: 2016 - 2028

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