This wine was made in honour of d’Arenberg principal, Francis ‘d’Arry’ d’Arenberg Osborn. It is the culmination of more than half a century d’Arry’s winemaking career at his family winery in McLaren Vale. d’Arry’s original blend, first launched some four decades ago, was as is it appears today- a blend of Shiraz and Grenache grown on d’Arenberg’s low yielding, 19th century vineyards. The d’Arry’s Original has enjoyed huge success at shows through the years and has been fundamental in building the reputation of d’Arenberg.
When poured the wine displays a bright dark plum colour with a dark brick-red hue. The aroma immediately suggests a cooler year due to its level of intensity and spicy edges. The savoury mineral aromas and tighter-than-normal palate structure also indicates a cool year.
The nose is packed with berries and spice with a darker background of black olive and freshly turned earth.
There is a luscious plum, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry core with secondary notes of clove and nutmeg. As the wine opens more delicate nuances are revealed, with loral notes appearing on the nose and palate. The tannins are ine and mineral, holding the wine together unobtrusively.
The fruit purity is the real star of this wine which shows great poise. The Grenache component makes it very approachable as a young wine and it will drink well until at least 2019. It will match well to a range of red meat dishes, from grilled lamb cutlets to black bean beef.
Grenache/Garnacha and Shiraz/Syrah
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