Price:  £16.95 | Case Rate: £16.16
Ex Tax: £14.13

D'Arenberg - The Love Grass Shiraz 2017

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 85% Shiraz, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Viognier and 2% Tempranillo
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Food Matching

Food Matching

grilled pork chops. lamb and red meat.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2015) VS: 91 (2013) WS: 88 (2015) WE: 91 (2012) JH: 93 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

The aromas are complex and intriguing. Each time you put the glass to your nose there is something new to discover. For what was a ripe year the red and dark fruits are fresh and lifted with cinnamon spice and cured meat adding complexity. The palate is equally complex with plum, boysenberry and raspberry alongside more savoury characters of charred meat, black olive and dark chocolate. There is a lot to take in with no shortage of characters to uncover but chalky dusty tannins pull the wine into focus nicely and provide for a long finish. This wine is drinking well on release and could also be cellared for up to ten years.

Winery Information

D'Arenberg

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)90 pts

The 2015 The Love Grass Shiraz features earthy, loamy notes, hints of black olive and asphalt and underlying plum and black cherry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins and crisp acids on the long finish. Like many of the d'Arenberg wines, there's a premium placed on structure over generosity, but in this case, it works well, especially for the price.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)91 pts

Inky ruby. Smoke-accented cherry, blackberry and candied licorice on the highly perfumed nose. Vibrant black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors feature a complementary peppery nuance and put on weight with aeration. Spicy and precise on the persistent finish, which shows appealing sweetness and just a hint of dusty tannins.

Wine Spectator (2015)88 pts

Juicy berry and cherry flavors have a tangy side in this red, with herb and espresso notes, in a tight and compact frame. Drink now through 2028. 600 cases imported.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)91 pts

Editor's Choice - Muscular and slightly austere, this wine does offer attractive notes of mint and blueberry. Some meaty nuances creep in, adding welcome complexity. Although firm, it's approachable now, yet should age well through 2025.

James Halliday (2014)93 pts

A mix of hand and machine picking, crushed and destemmed, 2-3 weeks on skins, matured for 22 months in French and American oak (10% new). In the context of d'Arenberg's '14 Shirazs, medium-bodied and intensely regional, with swathes of dark chocolate wrapping themselves around the blackberry fruit at the heart of the wine. Great value for lovers of McLaren Vale shiraz with serious regional intent.

Vinification Notes

Walking the vineyard rows and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches are crushed in the Demoisy open-mouthed, rubber toothed crusher and then transferred to five-tonne headed-down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. When tannin extraction is just right the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees to keep the wine fresh while also reducing the oak influence. There is no racking until final blending. Chester and the winemaking team undertake an extensive barrel tasting process to determine the final blend. The Love Grass Shiraz does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling. Matured for up to 20 mths or more in new and aged American & French oak barriques including large casks.