d'Arenberg, the big guns: Coppermine Road, Dead Arm and Ironstone Pressings 2014 vintage releases


Here are notes of the soon to be released d'Arenberg "icon" wines from the 2014 vintage.  The 2014 vintage in McLaren Vale is described as being difficult - a dry and windy spring, a January heatwave, a February deluge and then cooler weather.  I generally back the very good producers to handle well the more challenging years.  To that end, some very good wines have been made, the highlight being the Ironstone Pressings.

Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This is the best Coppermine Road I have encountered at release.  Saturated in colour, it has aromatics of cloves and bay leaf.  The palate is full bodied with firm dry tannins, good length and blackcurrants on the finish.  A wine for the cellar.  (Region: McLaren Vale, Rating: Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: 2022+, Tasted: June, 2017, Source: Sample)

Dead Arm Shiraz 2014
This seems a quite northern Rhône style Dead Arm, by which I mean it has more game and leather characters than saturated fruit.  It has aromatics of pepper, plums, anise and game.  The palate has long length, balance and a youthful expression of leather and game.  (Region: McLaren Vale, Rating: Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2027+, Tasted: June, 2017, Source: Sample)

*Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2014
I'll say it again.  D'Arenberg consistently produce serious outstanding grenache from McLaren Vale.  The Ironstone Pressings is a blend of grenache (72%), shiraz (25%) and mourvèdre (3%).  The 2014 vintage has aromatics of earth, mulberries and plum skins.  The tannins are textural and the length long.  Built to last and delicious now.  (Region: McLaren Vale, Rating: Outstanding, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2027+, Tasted: June, 2017, Source: Sample)

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www.darenberg.com.au

Other vintages reviewed:

Vintage - Dead Arm
Rating
Review
2013
Outstanding
2012
Very Good
2011
Good to Very Good
2010
Outstanding
2006
Very Good


Vintage - Coppermine Road
Rating
Review
2013
Very Good
2012
Very Good
2011
Very Good to Outstanding
2010
Very Good


Vintage - Ironstone Pressings
Rating
Review
2013
Very Good
2012
Very Good
2011
Good to Very Good
2010
Good to Very Good

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