The d'Arenberg Winery in Australia just turned 100 years old and so we felt it fitting to drinking this wine on almost the exact centenary.
When we smelled the wine, it definitely had a smell that indicated something closer to the original price. It was a fuller nose and we did decant this for a few minutes before drinking but it did open up a lot more after 30 minutes.
The visuals on the wine were unremarkable which is to say, it looked like a medium bodied red which it turned out to be.
As we mentioned the nose had a layer of complexity we like with a lot of dark fruit and smoky undertones. It smelled like a $28 bottle of wine. That sensibility carried over to the taste where there was that layer of complexity associated with the nose. We liked the mouth-feel and there was a silkiness to the wine that came from the balance of the fuller bodied Shiraz and the structure of the Grenache.
|Sight (0-5)||Medium dark wine with slight oiliness.||4.0|
|Smell (0-5)||Elegant and complex nose with notes of dark fruit and smoke.||4.5|
|Taste (0-10)||Silky wine with good structure and balanced tannins, the Grenache causes the finish to the thinner than we would like but the blend is a nice balance of flavour and textures.||8.5|
|Total:|| 17.0 / 20|
A very nice wine and at the price we paid a super duper value. That's right we threw in a 'duper'.
Keep on drinking!
Chris & Shannon