Sunday, 8 July 2018
d'Arenberg The Sticks and Stones 2014
An intriguing blend which just works. How this blend ever came to be would be an interesting tale Chester Osborn will undoubtedly love to share, but the bold experimentation is worthy of credit.
Friday, 11 January 2013
d'Arenberg The Sticks and Stones 2009
A unique blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, Tinta Cao and Souzoa. All varieties were made separately with all four coming together when blended.
Never heard of Tinta Cao and Souzao? Both originate from the Douro Valley, Portugal. Some quick research suggests Tinta Cao starts to shine after a few years whilst Souzao does not age well. Interestingly as a result that this wine has a couple of years of age to it upon release (will be released in February 2013).
Some real power on the first whiff. Plummy, mushroom compost, prune juice with raspberry trying to peek through.
A gutsy palate highlighted by some mineral type characters and dry grippy tannins.
I looked at it over two nights and it was unmoved the second time. Some real staying power, it will easily age and drink well over the next five to ten years.
Not a wine I would buy but when partnered with a big piece of beef, there are plenty of carnivores out there who would devour it.
Who: d'Arenberg http://www.darenberg.com.au/
What: Tempranillo, Grenache, Tinta Cao and Souzoa (14.1% alc)
Where: McLaren Vale
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