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2010 d'Arenberg Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "The Footbolt"

d'Arenberg 2010 Footbolt Shiraz

Winery: d'Arenberg

Vintage: 2010

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: $20

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: February 8, 2013

Wine Review: This opaque dark ruby colored Shiraz from down under opens with a black raspberry and blackberry bouquet with hints of menthol and earthiness. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and balanced. The flavor profile is a mineral infused blackberry with notes of black pepper, black cherry, and plum. We also detected some smoky oak towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are dusty and sticky. The panel suggested that this wine is an Aussie Shiraz with lots of Cotes du Rhone influences. They suggested pairing it with beef bourguignon or pork adobo. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The nose initially displays an enticing mix of red and black fruits. Mulberries, ripe raspberries and blackberries are very pure. Complexity is built through the layers of exotic spice that support this fruit. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and anise are all evident. And of course, it wouldn’t be The Footbolt without that generous lick of d’Arenberg earth and game. On the palate the wine is rich, concentrated and generous. There is an intrinsic warmth to this wine. The dark plummy fruit , leather and cedar notes are inviting, but it is the soil like tannins with a hint of chewiness that pull it all together for a long, gratifying finish. The Footbolt Shiraz has proven to cellar well for at least a decade and the 2010 is certainly no exception. Decanting prior to serving is recommended to get the most enjoyment from this wine.

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