Tuesday, 10 March 2020

d'Arenberg The Old Bloke and Three Young Blondes 2015

Another controversial name for a wine with some tongue in cheek humour as only Chester Osborn knows how. A fully charged McLaren Vale Shiraz (94%) has been brightened up by the presence of Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne (3/2/1%).

Despite making up a mere 6% of the wine, the white varieties really stand up. Scents of yellow flowers, apricot nectar and roasted almonds float atop a foundation of blackberry and mulberry fruit. Some exotic and woodsy spices plus black earth all gradually reveal themselves with time in the glass. Mouthfilling dark plum and dark chocolate offer some tension early, but over a couple of days of tasting it settled well yet kept some oomph in the bag. Dried herbs slide in late to a dusty and powdery finish which does not seem to surrender. One to put in the cellar and revisit in well over a decade.

94/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $200
Source: Sample

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