Basket pressed. Gets the usual d’Arry oak regime: New and old French + American oak fermentation for 12 months. Named from the old bush vines that continue to give up their fruit year after year. d’Arry website looks like they’ve just rolled to the 2015, but this should be still be around retail land.
d’Arenberg, The Derelict Vineyard, Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2014
Dark purple colour foretells the flavour. Generous and rich: deep plum and sweet raspberry with pepperberry and jubey blueberry dominating, with maybe just a slight hint of spirituous heat. Some herb-driven licorice bullet bitterness offsets reams of pulpy purple fruit before oodles of chalky tannins and surprising amount of acidity considering the age. Nothing subtle, silky or suggested here, just a generous wine jammed packed full of flavour. Drink up now.
Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg