A serious wine that demands attention. An infusion of spice and earth and ashen notes cede over time to sweet mulberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and fennel aromas. The white varieties appear subtly, more through exotic complexity than presenting any obvious white wine character. The palate starts taut, again leaning towards fresh turned earth, crushed ants and a cedary, leafy herbal-ness, before slowly unfurling into more opulent rich plums, pastille fruit and spice. The depth of flavour is impressive despite initially being so tightly wound. A framework of fine mineral tannins adds a bit of tension to the finish that promises a mighty long existence if cellared appropriately. Classic d’Arenberg.
96 points - Ray Jordan
94 points - QWine
90 points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
5 Stars - John Lewis, Newcastle Herald
Grape: Shiraz, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne
d'Arenberg Wines, McLaren Vale, South Australia