d’Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2016
Special Price $19.00 Regular Price $20.00
Initially cranky and uncommunicative, like Monday morning before a couple of short blacks. With air this really opens beautifully, showing smoked meats and red confection, cherries, plentiful acid and a stack of fine tannins. Properly mouthwatering and worth having with a hearty Beef cheek dish or a platter of cured meats and cheeses.
McLaren Vale, SA
None yet but we like it!
d’Arenberg started operations in 1912. Initially they sold grapes to other wineries before building a winery of their own in 1927. d’Arry started helping out in the vineyard and winery from 1943 and is still involved today more than 70 vintages later. From the 1960’s onwards d’Arenberg have made a string of wines which have been highly awarded, including the 68 Cabernet which won the Jimmy Watson Trophy. Son Chester took over as senior winemaker in the early 80’s and has invested a huge amount of time researching alternative varieties likely to make excellent wine in McLaren Vale. Where the winery was born in a vat of Grenache and Shiraz, these days you are just as likely to taste Rousanne, Sagrantino, Souzao, Cincault, Tinta Cao or Tempranillo. That said the newer wines have not overshadowed the older varieties or styles which are still the cornerstone of the brand. All of the wines from d’Arenberg, new or old follow the same bouncing ball … cracking quality fruit first, wines that need to be decanted before drinking, wines that will age superbly.
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