d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2009

Faced with a dire wine list at a restaurant practically a stone's throw from one of Victoria's key wine regions, the Yarra Valley, I selected a McLaren Vale shiraz from d'Arenberg, a typically kookily named shiraz, "The Footbolt".  Things improved a little, but not much.  The 2009 Footbolt is fairly simple drinking.  There is nothing wrong, yet nothing particularly right about it either.  Spices and jam on the nose  Short-medium length, medium acidity and plum flavours on the palate, lacking the stuffing I was hoping to see.  (Alc: 14.4%, Region: McLaren Vale, Rating: Acceptable, Would I buy it based on this tasting? No, Drink: now, Tasted: November, 2011)
McLaren Vale
November 18, 2011


Qwine said…
Agree with your findings. Footbolt has generally been solid without trimmings but this vintage was just flat, as though its personality has been bludgeoned and sacrificed to the flavour gods. I'm confident 2010 could only be better.
Sean Mitchell said…
Thank you! d'Arenberg's wines are perhaps rarely as "uninteresting" as this wine perhaps could be accused of being. Look forward to the next one!

bkr said…
2008:the Shizz Shirazz. 2009: can I have a mulligan?
I had the opportunity to try this Shiraz recently (July 2013). It was fantastic! I guess it has aged very well, and might be worth another try for you. You can check out my tasting note on it here:


Sean Mitchell said…
Thanks for the thoughts - good to see it perhaps showing a bit more interest - or you got lucky with a better batch!


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