D'Arenberg the Sticks and Stones Tempranillo Grenache Shiraz 2005
The inspiration behind this name came from the age-old proverb ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ The unusual and quirky names that d’Arenberg’s range of wines has never done the winery any harm. d’Arenberg also do use sticks (vine cuttings) planted into stony soils to produce the grapes that result in this wine. The wines appearance has a deep, red brilliance about it. The aromas compared to previous years are more fragrant and flowery with a leafy mix of herbaceous, dark-red berries, cranberries, plums, fresh strawberry jam and violets. As the wine opens, aromatic notes of musk, violets, dark cherries, bush tomatoes and strong flowery notes come through with a background of spice and fine oak notes. The palate is soft, alluring and bigger due to the Shiraz. The flavours are very elegant and have a dark red/earthy focus and as the wine opens the grenache cranberry notes become quite obvious. The mid palate is long with a lovely softness about it. A mix of red and black fruit evolve and is dominated with savoury fruit notes such as cherry and olive stones, kirsch-like notes, roasted dates and mineral notes as the tannins take hold on the finish. The flavours linger and are balanced with edgy acidity and fine gritty mineral tannins which gives the wine a level of elegance that is different to previous vintages but it still retains its rich juicy end which is intrinsic to Sticks and Stones.