d’Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2012

As usual, d’Arenberg have a wonderful and colourful story behind the name:

“At a time when Grenache was considered unfashionable, Chester acquired many old bush vine, overgrown and abandoned vineyards.”

d’Arenberg, The Derelict Vineyard Grenache, McLaren Vale 2012

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Opens up with fly spray, rubber, drying Cola post-mix concentrate, bedside table wood, dark raspberry, almost blue meats, and cedary French oak. A little heady and blocky. All about structure up front, then raspberry jubey fruit then back to chewy tannins. Lingering Redskin lolly (but not confected) with a peppery spicy afterthought. Open it up, swirl it around then put it back for a day’s rest.  2012 vintage showing good things.

RRP: $29

Alc: 14.2%

Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg

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