Come and sup this magnificent Aussie red with me
Every possible ounce of goodness has been extracted from a magnificent trio of grapes and squeezed into this Australian red.
2013 d'Arenberg, The Ironstone Pressings, GSM, McLaren Vale, South Australia (about £32,Great Western Wine, Waitrose, The Fine Wine Company).
Many of McLaren Vale's famous vineyards are inhabited by ancient, decomposed, laterite granite deposits known as ironstone. With its rust red colour, brought about by the iron oxides found in the stone, it can be seen in the walls of old farm buildings and homesteads in the region. This evocatively entitled wine takes the matthew, grenache, shiraz and mourvdre, grown on these ironstones soils, and literally presses them into this bottle! The nose tells you all you need to know with engagingly bombastic aromatics that coat the dark, bloody, fruit and earth tones found on the palate.
You sense that every possible ounce of goodness has been extracted from the grape skins and this results in ogre-ish tannins, which will keep this wine alive for a further decade or more. Come and taste this wine with me, along with 50 other incredible Aussie creations, on my 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow, which kicks off on 1 February in Bath and heads to London, St Helier, Bridge of Allan, Birmingham and Chichester over the next few months. It is the greatest line-up of Aussie wines I have ever shown in the UK (see my website for all details).
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of theYear (MatthewJukes.com).