D'Arenberg the Wild Pixie Mclaren Vale 2008
2008 is the very first vintage of this exciting wine which blends one of the red variety stalwarts of McLaren Vale with an exciting white variety as is done in Hermitage. This blend is a first for McLaren Vale and follows in the footsteps of the other highly praised d'Arenberg wines. The Wild Pixie 2008 is intensely dark, almost black with a purple hue. The nose is lifted and fragrant with blueberry and violets leaping from the glass before a complex background of licorice, boot polish, freshly turned earth and cooked meat emerges. Each sniff reveals more intriguing characters. The palate carefully balances ripeness and elegance opening with fruit characters of plum and blackberry leaf before nuances of smoked meats, forest floor and cinnamon stick are revealed. The earthy character is a real highlight and provides wonderful elegance as the palate builds nicely to a long finish with fine powdery tannins rounding it out nicely. Roussanne ages very well and will dill out the mid palate further in time with careful cellaring. Decanting encouraged.