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"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 The Footbolt Shiraz is scented of crushed blackberries and black cherries with...Read more...
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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 ... Read more
Nicely done! Pure dark berry aromas, hints of exotic spices and chewy tannins all add up to a wonderful mouthful of wine. 93pts Read more
[I had the 2005.] One of my consistent favorites, good balance of tartness and spice, worth the higher price compared to the sugary low-end Austral... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt
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
Nicely done! Pure dark berry aromas, hints of exotic spices and chewy tannins all add up to a wonderful mouthful of wine. 93pts
[I had the 2005.] One of my consistent favorites, good balance of tartness and spice, worth the higher price compared to the sugary low-end Australian Shiraz out there. Having tried also the d'Arry's Original and Love Grass (which I prefer to this), I always look for the diagonal line in this section of the wine store.
Spicy with a long finish. Good vino. 89 pts.
Hints of vanilla. Smooth drinking Shiraz
Decent drop, moonshadow
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.
External Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt
Chester Osborn named this flagship shiraz after the racehorse his great grandfather sold to buy the vineyards that established d’Arenberg — now ranging over 1,200 acres of vines in McLaren Vale. The wine has the gaminess of kangaroo meat, along with plenty of cracked black peppercorn spice and violet florals. Completely wrapped in tannins, this is austere and savory, needing cellar time to mellow. An intense young shiraz and a great buy.
Inky purple. Ripe plum and cherry on the nose, with complicating spice and dark chocolate qualities. Offers an array of dark fruit flavors that show very good depth and a touch of cracked pepper. Soft tannins add grip to a long, smooth finish. Serve this hefty wine with assertively seasoned grilled beef or lamb.
A savory style, offering floral and mineral overtones to the blackberry and tea leaf flavors, finishing with refined tannins. Drink now through 2016.
this draws on a deep well of red fruit and ironstone tannins--think cherries
Rich, full-flavored Shiraz sourced from late-19th-century vines in the heart of South Australia's McLaren Vale. Marvelous texture with plum, blackcurrant, and blueberry flavors paving the way to a long, rewarding finish.
strawberries and crushed black pepper flash-roasted in an iron skillet. This starts off cedary and ends soft and warm
A solid vintage of Footbolt, d'Arenberg's bread-and-butter McLaren Vale shiraz, this draws on a deep well of red fruit and ironstone tannins--think cherries, strawberries and crushed black pepper flash-roasted in an iron skillet. This starts off cedary and ends soft and warm, focused on fruit. A versatile red for most any roast or grilled meats.
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 The Footbolt Shiraz is scented of crushed blackberries and black cherries with hints of anise and mint. Medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling blackberry and menthol flavors, it has a low to medium level of soft tannins and finishes with good length and harmony, if a bit simply." -Wine Advocate
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