|The d'Arenberg winery; courtesy darenberg.com.au|
The 2013 vintage in McLaren Vale appears a good one - a dry spring and summer, with intense ripe grapes. Here are my notes on d'Arenberg's icon releases from this very good vintage. This is an impressive set.
d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2013
The real treasure of d'Arenberg is its grenache wines, which compare well to the finest grenache blends I have tried from anywhere. The 2013 Ironstone Pressings is grenache dominant, with 67% grenache, 28% shiraz and 5% mourvèdre in the blend. Its aromatics remind of graphite, earth and deli meats and the wine also has a floral perfume. The palate has redcurrant and cherry characters, with its acidity and youthful tannins in balance. The finish is long, and this wine should improve over a decade. (Alc: 14.3%, Region: McLaren Vale, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now to 2026+)
d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2013
This is the best Dead Arm I've tasted in years. Deeply coloured and prodigiously so, it has aromatics of spice, mocha and dark fruits. The palate has tannic grip and strength, and many years before it. Long length, typicity and balance on the finish confirms that this is an outstanding release. (Alc: 14.6%, Region: McLaren Vale, Rating: Outstanding, Drink: will benefit from a further 3-5 years in the cellar, and then drink to 2026+)
d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
McLaren Vale produces a very ripe expression of cabernet sauvignon, where the trail of varietal character morphs into a certain hint of leafiness. The nose reminds of leather, prunes, dark plums and black olives. The palate is leafy, with huge tannins and extract and a full bodied expression. I would decant this if approached now; otherwise, this wine should cellar for a very long time. (Alc: 14.4%, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now (with decanting) to 2026+)