Opulent, generous and full flavoured, dark fruits and earthy notes are blended with spicy, floral highlights.
Visually, this wine sets you up for what is to come with its stunning depth and intensity of purple colour. It is no surprise then, that the nose is loaded with fresh blue and purple fruits with a twist of woody spice. The palate leans more towards rhubarb and pomegranate, accentuated by fine gritty tannins and lively acidity that purr across the palate from start to finish. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a simple wine. Connoisseurs of the Ironstone Pressings will relate to the meaty, earthy, dark chocolate notes that elevate this wine to another level. The 2015 Ironstone is a wine with grunt. Robust and punchy but with ample fruit to support its structure making it remarkably drinkable even at this young age. Given some time, this is a wine that promises to relax its grip, softening and mellowing into a suave, textural and enchanting vinous treat.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
Chester Osborn & Jack Walton
Most of McLaren Vale's acclaimed and historic vineyards are impregnated with ancient, decomposed laterite granite known as ironstone. Its extraordinary rusty redbrown colour is derived from the iron oxides present in the stone. The larger pieces were cleared from the vineyards in the late 1880's and utilised in many of the buildings at d'Arenberg, most notably the old stables.
Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value, 2018
Trophy, McLaren Vale Wine Of The Year, China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value, 2018
95 Points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
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