d’Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2016

Simplicity (noun). The Oxford dictionary gives a definition of “the quality or condition of being plain or uncomplicated in form or design.” The Footbolt doesn’t seek to be a challenge in any way, but simplicity doesn’t reduce the effect of quality.

d’Arenberg, The Footbolt, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2016

Sumptuous raspberry, perfumed violets, choc licorice bullets and choc nut aromas. Such a comforting mouthfeel with sandy tannins supplementing the dark moist, earthy roasted beetroot. Sweetened by raspberry, plum, choc and with a highlight of musk sticks/rosewater at the back. Medium length. A touch rustic/ old school on the d’Arry-style oak, but tub fulls of flavour. As usual, a bargain.

RRP: $18
Alc: 14.3%
Rating: 17/20

Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg


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