Thursday, 26 November 2015

d'Arenberg The Sticks & Stones 2011

Another intriguing blend sure to put hairs on your chest. If dense, ball tearing wines aren't your thing, you'd be best to steer clear from this.

Tempranillo, Grenache, Souzao, Tinta Cao (60/25/13/2) do the business here.

Dried flowers, dusty earth, pan juices and char aromas. Scratch around a little more and some dried savoury herbs come out to play.

Big and grippy in the mouth. Sappy and puckering tannins steal the limelight. In some respects I feel like I've licked a plate of flour. Those powdery and graphite like tannins just sit and refuse to leave.

I struggled to finish the glass let alone a few sips to taste. Too big for my liking.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $29
Source: Sample

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