Let’s make this clear, d’Arenberg Wines in McLaren Vale make more than a few products. Here are three of the best known red wines, all with a recommended retail price of $18, all from the 2013 vintage. let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Véronique Souloy and Anthony Guix established this estate in the French region of Roussillon in 2006. with the oldest vines on the estate they purchased around 100 years old. The vineyards are located at 450 metres above sea level, with soil consisting of granite, schist and gneiss. The viticulture is certified organic, and the winemaking has little to no intervention, from spontaneous fermentations to avoiding the addition of SO2. The wines are imported in Australia by George McCullough Imports.
Ose 2013 (grenache blanc, carignan blanc, muscat petit grains, maccabeu)
Cloudy amber colour, with some sediment. Oxidative sherbet sour apricot, a hint of a fairy floss floral sugar note. Light slightly chewy, bitter almond funk on the back of the palate, raw wild porcini. Lacking a bit of definition, varietal fruit character and sense of place, but fresh vibrant textural in nature, generous and good acidity.
Mano a Mano 2013 (60% grenache, 40% carignan)
Dark raspberry colour with some haze. Quite vibrant fruits, pomegranate bitter cocoa, black cherries, dried violets and jasmine. Tight sinewy lithe tannins, a bit of bite but a generous finish, mealy rawness on the back but not pretty or too funky, nice energy and drive, happily take another glass.
Monica Mariet 2013 (60% grenache, 40% carignan)
Slightly darker colour but still bright with less haze. Darker fruits, black olives, a lot wilder gamier and funkier, showing some brett notes. Soft and round on the palate, nice fresh dark fruits in the mid palate, hints of earth and cumin, slightly dirtier texture but fairly clean finish. Possibly could open up a bit more, showing some reduction notes.
The lovely Tash Stoodley from d’Arenberg was lovely enough to send me some more bottles of wine to taste. These are the three icon reds from the McLaren Vale d’Arenberg vineyards; The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre, The Dead Arm Shiraz, and The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon. All three have a recommended retail price of $65.00, and were from the 2012 vintage.
The lovely Tash Stoodley from d’Arenberg wines got in touch and sent me some samples of their new releases, which I was happy to open! I separated the whites and most of the reds into two tastings, here are the whites;
- The Olive Grove Viognier Marsanne 2014; and
- The Hermit Crab Chardonnay 2015
The red wines were;
- The Sticks & Stones Tempranillo, Grenache, Souzao, Tinta Cao 2011
- The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2012
- The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2011
As I was tasting my other bottle of Charles Melton Nine Popes 2005 from my cellar, I thought I would also show you how to open a bottle of wine sealed under a screw-cap.
Whose Grenache reigned supreme?? Join myself and sommelier James Dossan on the first episode of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, recorded live on July 27th 2015.
If you want to taste along with us, the wines were;
S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2012
Yangarra Old Vine McLaren Vale Grenache 2013
Unico Zelo Kersbrook Adelaide Hills Grenache 2014
Yelland & Papps Second Take Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
Head Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
Schwartz Meta Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
To make it even easier you can buy the wines at Different Drop, and enter the special code INTREPIDGRENACHE at purchase to receive a 10% discount and free shipping!! Make sure to search for the product Let’s Taste Grenache.