A harmonious blend of two interesting varieties, with bright acidity and lingering flavour.Learn More
A versatile food wine with lively tannins and bright acidity.
This wine showcases both the sweet, generous berry fruit and the darker, earthier notes that well crafted McLaren Vale Grenache can offer. He secret is in the old vines and the minimal input approach to the grapegrowing and winemaking that allows the fruit to express itself. The cooler 2017 vintage has also added a further white pepper like spice note to the mix. The cooler conditions have similarly produced a more reﬁned palate than normal, leaning more to medium bodied silky although with a bit of air the wine certainly grows in opulence. With lots of upfront appeal this wine is drinking well as we speak but may also reward careful cellaring for a handful of years.
During the vine pull scheme in the 80's, d'Arry Osborn refused to remove his old Grenache vineyards. Today d'Arenberg is the keeper of nearly one third of McLaren Vale's old bush vine Grenache, earning the title of 'Custodian' of the variety.
91, Halliday Points
90, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
90, Wine Spectator