Wednesday, 8 May 2013

d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2009

This new release icon GSM from d'Arenberg is bang on target. I loved it day one and even more so on day two.

All fruit was fermented separately and aged in a combination of American and French oak before blending. No fining or filtration.

One descriptor which came to mind was "a berryathon". It's dense too. Loaded with blackberry, blueberry and some slight raspberry. Plums contributed their fair share.

Devine softness, the mouth is filled with plenty of fruit. A little savoury, subtle oak hovers in the background. A very well balanced wine with a super long, smooth and dry finish.

Sipping on this I couldn't help but think of a big slab of rolled beef wrapped in bacon roasted to perfection.

A wine that will easily live for two decades.

Who: d'Arenberg
What: Grenache (67%), Shiraz (26%), Mourvedre (7%) (14.5% alc)
Where: McLaren Vale
When: 2009
How: $70