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2008 d'Arenberg Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "The Footbolt"

D'Arenberg 2008 Footbolt Shiraz

Winery: d'Arenberg

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Footbolt"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Shiraz

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: McLaren Vale

State or country: Australia

Price: $19

Cases produced: 12,000

KWG Score: 90.4 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: March 11, 2011

Wine Review: This Shiraz from down under is very opaque and almost black in color. It opens with a smoky oak and black currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty and juicy black raspberry with nicely integrated oak with hints of blueberry. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are barely noticeable. This fruity Shiraz is food friendly and would pair well with a grilled bacon burger. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The pretty nose is very floral with violets, lavender and rose water dancing with the more varietal purple fruits and a touch of cedar adds charming spice. The palate opens with varietal bravado and a mixture of red and purple fruits. Raspberry, blueberry and plum make way for a regional mocha character and an extra layer of complexity that includes graphite and roasted meats. It finishes with a cinnamon spicy lift and fresh, fine grain powdery tannins. Ripeness is well in check and the acid keeps the fresh and juicy palate focused.

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