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Dark, earthy Shiraz meets youthful, exotic and fragrant white wine varieties.
Heavily spiced nose with rich dark plums, blackcurrants and a darker, iodine-like edge. The palate is tightly wound and youthful, with mouth-puckering tannins and a long, drawn-out finish. The flavour profile consists of a complex textural quality with ripe dark plums, blackberries, herbs and roasted beetroot.
Small batches of Shiraz grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters, the skins of the white grapes are co-fermented with this Shiraz. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is basket pressed and transferred to old French oak to complete fermentation. The finished wine is then aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
The Old Bloke is a Shiraz dominant blend with Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne, three white Rhone varieties that d'Arenberg planted in McLaren Vale in the 1990's. These 'young blondes' add fragrance, spice and length to the 'old bloke', which is sourced from d'Arenberg's oldest Shiraz vines. Some might joke that the old bloke is Chester, and the three young blondes are his daughters, the fifth generation who will carry on the d'Arenberg tradition.Each of these title characters are represented on the label as a cut out silhouette. Much like the wine itself, the four personalities are 'blended' together by being overlayed one on top of the other, each creating a window to the next and achieving an effect of tactility and depth.
97 Points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
96 Points, Angus Hughson, Vinous
94 Points, Winestate Magazine, September/October 2022 World’s Greatest Shiraz/Syrah Wine Awards