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D'Arenberg-footbolt-shiraz Australia Shiraz Petite Sirah and Syrah 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is perhaps a little old-fashioned, as it doesn’t have an individual concept name like all the others. Up until the 1950’s, all of the Shiraz was used for producing a Port styled wine hence the near original label has been retained for this wine for posterity. The wine has a very deep black appearance with a wonderful crimson deep cherry red hue. Intense aromas of ripe, blackberry fruits, liquorice appear first followed by prune-like notes with deep spicy plum pudding characters. As it opens, deeper blackberry mulberry fruits with anise evolve combined with a lifted (and slightly ‘taily’) brandy spirit which is most appealing. The initial attack of primary fruit flavours, combined with the integrated, unwooded brandy spirit ensure the palate is full-flavoured balanced with very fine, almost tea-like tannins and the dry impact of the spirit. Just wonderful! With significant bottle age, ‘The Vintage Fortified’ made with Shiraz gains extraordinary complexity. The intense young colour becomes a lighter, more ruby-red initially, then quite amber. Fruit and brandy spirit integrate further, making way for whiffs of roses, chocolate/walnut, coffee and orange/cumquat peel smells. The palate becomes more balanced and develops further complexity with notes of caramelised figs, dark chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla mixed with tobacco-like flavours with a finish that’s very soft and delicate.

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Darenberg:
d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Compris... Read more
d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Comprising of the Dead Arm, the Coppermine Road and the Ironstone Pressings, this range represents the pinnacle of d’Arenberg’s efforts. Century old, low-yielding vines produce intensely flavored fruit which is traditionally vinified and undergoes rigorous barrel-selection prior to classification. Chester's Champions The Lucky Lizard, The Twentyeight Road, The Last Ditch, The Money Spider, The Feral Fox, The Sticks & Stones, The Derelict Vineyard, The Cadenzia, The Galvo Garage, The Laughing Magpie Since the early 1900’s, d’Arenberg has pioneered innovative wine styles and varietal plantings. Chester’s Champions represent d’Arenberg’s most exciting new ventures, offering an eclectic alternative to the known and loved bastions of the portfolio. The Classic Red Stripes The Dry Dam, The Broken Fishplate, The Olive Grove, The Hermit Crab, The Custodian, The High Trellis, d’Arrys Original, The Love Grass, The Footbolt. The Classic Red Stripes represent the backbone of the d’Arenberg range. Considered the epitome of d’Arenberg’s style, they are a reflection of skillful winemaking and unique terroir – regionally expressive, fruit-forward and approachable. The Stump Jumps Stump Jump White, Stump Jump Red, Stump Jump Shiraz Named after an important South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough, these wines are typically light- or un-oaked, offering a fresh, approachable view of McLaren Vale’s premium varietals. Read less

Editorial Reviews for D'Arenberg-footbolt-shiraz Australia Shiraz Petite Sirah and Syrah

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,123
3.50 5
01/20/2011

This has a nicely complex aroma filled with dark berry and plum fruit accented with nice notes of worn leather, cocoa and toasted baking spice. In the mouth there is plenty of rich fruit supported by ripe, firm yet small tannins with a bright vein of acidity perking up the sour plum and berry fruit. The oak is obvious but not intrusive adding a nice vanilla nuance in the palate and some spice tones on the moderately length finish. Not a small wine but well balanced and fresh with a fine, supple texture. 88pts


Member Reviews for D'Arenberg-footbolt-shiraz Australia Shiraz Petite Sirah and Syrah

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Snooth User: joshparent
41008188
5.00 5
01/13/2008

Yes... YES!


Snooth User: ff1959
38435128
4.00 5
01/31/2008

The first thing I noticed was the nose from pouring, and the incredibly dark purple color of this wine. And the taste, truly unique, fitting the inspired blend of wines that make up The Laughing Magpie. For me, only the 2003 misses the mark, but other vintages - like this 2005 - are just wonderful.


Snooth User: antfugue
9885518
4.00 5
11/19/2008

A terrific everyday wine. Not as intense as the Boxer, but cut from the same cloth.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
02/10/2011

Intense cherry. Great full mouthfeel. The one issue I have with this, is that it fell apart after decanting but definitely needs some air, so you may just want to hold onto it for a few more years and then pop and pour it.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
11/23/2008

Not as impressed with this as I expected to be. Blackberry jam aromas and palate, with a decided note of alcohol as well. Lots of sediment. Chalky tannins. Was hoping for something a bi more decadent and smooth.


Snooth User: Ruski
144341390
4.50 5
06/18/2011

Enjoyed this 18 June, 2011. It was a 1.5l magnum, had been in my cellar for 2 years. Very dark, almost black, thick and oily. On the nose more than hints of smoke, spices like pepper, some pencil, a bit of tar & licorice. Definitely full-bodied, concentrated, even after 2 hours still somewhat closed. Taste in line with nose, but adds some raspberry, blueberry and leather. With enormous amount of structure, it is well balanced and simply a great and memorable experience. This wine will definitely benefit from at least another 2-4 years of cellaring.


Snooth User: AdamJefferson
226143283
4.00 5
03/28/2010

a good wine to be sure, a deep violet color, big sweet nose having something like the bubblegum going on. Opens with light berry fruit--red raspberry and bing cherry--with leathery tannins and mild spice on a lingering finish. Enjoyed with a steak salad and a variety of German chocolates for dessert. A good buy.


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External Reviews for D'Arenberg-footbolt-shiraz Australia Shiraz Petite Sirah and Syrah

External Review
01/28/2009

Year in and year out, one of the most exotic, flamboyant, and sexiest cuvees in the d'Arenberg portfolio is The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier. The 2005 exhibits a spring flower garden-like character interwoven with blackberries, creme de cassis, melted licorice, and sweet, toasty new oak. Opulent and voluptuous, with silky tannin, and a plump, fleshy, rich, full-bodied personality, this offering is meant to be consumed over the next 5-8 years.


External Review
06/23/2010

89 points out of 100 by James Halliday


External Review
06/23/2010

16.5 points out of 100 by Jancis Robinson


External Review
06/23/2010

93 points out of 100 by Josh Raynolds


External Review
06/23/2010

89 points out of 100 by Josh Raynolds


External Review
06/23/2010

77 points out of 100 by Harvey Steiman


External Review
06/23/2010

A very dark almost black appearance with a dense purple-red hue. The aroma upon opening is very intense with a complex combination of fragrant spices, red fruits, plum dark cherries, cranberry and blueberry notes with a back drop of very fine oaks, liquorice, white pepper, boot-polish and edges of parsley stalks. The taste is rich, gutsy and virile, dominated with red fruits, cherries, plums and dried black olive. The palate is very controlled, tight and has a wonderful liveliness about it. Even the tannins feel cool and silky with mineral grittiness and wonderful acidity. The length is excellent and beautifully pointed with soft red fruit flavours and spice.


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This wine is perhaps a little old-fashioned, as it doesn’t have an individual concept name like all the others. Up until the 1950’s, all of the Shiraz was used for producing a Port styled wine hence the near original label has been retained for this wine for posterity. The wine has a very deep black appearance with a wonderful crimson deep cherry red hue. Intense aromas of ripe, blackberry fruits, liquorice appear first followed by prune-like notes with deep spicy plum pudding characters. As it opens, deeper blackberry mulberry fruits with anise evolve combined with a lifted (and slightly ‘taily’) brandy spirit which is most appealing. The initial attack of primary fruit flavours, combined with the integrated, unwooded brandy spirit ensure the palate is full-flavoured balanced with very fine, almost tea-like tannins and the dry impact of the spirit. Just wonderful! With significant bottle age, ‘The Vintage Fortified’ made with Shiraz gains extraordinary complexity. The intense young colour becomes a lighter, more ruby-red initially, then quite amber. Fruit and brandy spirit integrate further, making way for whiffs of roses, chocolate/walnut, coffee and orange/cumquat peel smells. The palate becomes more balanced and develops further complexity with notes of caramelised figs, dark chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla mixed with tobacco-like flavours with a finish that’s very soft and delicate.

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