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D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt 2004

Member Review by Mark Angelillo:

Tastes sweet for a shiraz. Not very thick and wow, what a bite!

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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

Member Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt

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3.00 5
02/05/2008

Tastes sweet for a shiraz. Not very thick and wow, what a bite!


Snooth User: Philip James
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3.00 5
02/05/2008

Bright purple rim - still young. You can tell as its rather hot in the nose still. Very meaty too - a real Shiraz nose. Packed with jammy fruits (black berries and plums), a touch hot in the mouth, very spicy with a white pepper finish. Finish is a bit of a let down - else i would have given it 4/5.


Snooth User: jternes
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3.00 5
05/19/2008

Lighter body shiraz, with berry and spice predominant


Snooth User: Evil Homer
33417196
3.00 5
11/12/2007

Dark purple in colour. Nice fruit on the nose but still a little tight. Cassis, black berry and some wood on the palate. The wood lingered on the finish which I wasn't a huge fan of. Overall a good wine and a nice QPR. 87


Snooth User: ff1959
38435128
3.00 5
02/05/2008

A good product from d'Arenberg. Inky purple color. Fruity, definitely a taste of herbs, not as peppery as I normally like in my Shiraz but still very good - and an excellent price point.


Snooth User: njandl
4396851
3.50 5
02/26/2008

Was my first experience with a slightly nicer Shiraz, and a very enjoyable one. Spicy, warm, full.


Snooth User: Hawk
45799283
4.00 5
05/25/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt

External Review
06/23/2010

85 points out of 100 by Harvey Steiman


External Review
06/23/2010

94 points out of 100 by James Halliday


External Review
06/23/2010

Upon release, The Dead Arm' Shiraz has a vivid, young, dense, purple-red colour. Very intense aromas with a complex combination of fragrant spices and violets, dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry, are made more complex with great liquorice, pepper and integrated svelte of boot-polish like characters. The taste is rich, gutsy and virile, with attacking spice, dark liquorice, cherry, blackberry, plum and dried black olive. The level of fruit weight masks the framework of oak tannins; however, the mineral fruit grittiness is balanced with a very long fruit-fragrant, persistent spice will yield a wine of great ageing power.


External Review
06/23/2010

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External Review
06/23/2010

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External Review
06/23/2010

94 points out of 100 by Josh Raynolds


External Review
04/12/2011

Quite spicy in my opinion, pepper and spice rather than chocolate or vanilla. Not a bad thing, certainly this winemaker has pedigree, even at this, the low end of the label.


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