D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Love Grass 2004
A cooler year in 2004 produced darkly-colored Shiraz fruit of expressive floral notes, spice, mulberries and a slight cassis undertone. Plum and cherry fruits are evident on the juicy palate, with lifted violets, cloves, and smoked bacon for complexity. The wine finishes with mulberry tar-like characters and firm, gritty tannins fanning out across the back palate.
Editorial Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Love Grass
Opening a bit stewy with strong black pepper overtones, this settles down offering great spice tones with light smoke and floral notes over a gentle and appealing bit of cow patty. A big, rich mouthful of wine that is chewy and layered with plum and prune tones that have a gamy edge. Adds notes of dried orchard fruits and freshens up in the glass adding a bit of florality and becoming more boysenberried. Very well balanced with solid length this is both interesting and enjoyable. 91pts
Tried this red from downunder at a blind tasting at snooth conducted by Greg Dal Piaz, and this was one of my favorites out of the 12 sampled. At first on the nose I got high alcohol and vanilla, but ultimately opened to a kind of sweet, fruit bomb, with blueberries on the side. Refreshing and jammy with hints of lavender, a suggestion of fruit rind, white pepper and a smokey undercurrent.
Big and brawny. Not my style, but there is some elegance here. Plum and jam on the nose with a spicy palate. Finish is very short which is good for a wine of this size. Everyone else in the crowd seemed to like it.
Oak and leather. Great to drink on its own or with food- meats and heavier cheeses.
Nice little cheapie Shiraz. Fulsome and powerful on the tongue, served at precisely 63F.
Peppery and bold.
External Reviews for D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Love Grass
Wine Tasting NotesThe palate is juicy with weighty, red-fruited Shiraz dominated by plums, rhubarb, cherries, strawberries, mulberry, smoked bacon, white pepper and flower characters then a level of black currants and fragrant spice from the Cabernet and Petit Verdot appear. On the second sip a lovely mulberry tar-like character of Merlot starts to fill the palate with vivid, deep-red cherry flavors mixed with a hint of sage leaf, cloves and turmeric from the Petit Verdot which fans out across the finish with a grippy but polished finish.
d?Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2004: Dekantier-Empfehlung (30 min. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 18-20°C, in Barriques gereift (9 Monate), lagerfähig 3 - 5 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2004Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: McLaren ValeWeingut: d'ArenbergRebsorte: 87% Shiraz 3% Cabernet Sauvignon3% Merlot 3% Grenache 2% Petit Verdot1% Tempranillo 1% Pinot NoirRestzucker: 0,75 g/LiterRestsäure: 6,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein