d’Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2016

The evolution to d’Arry’s oak regime to use only older French oak for this wine certainly pays dividends.

d’Arenberg, The Custodian, Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2016

Custodian

Reaches to the earthier spectrum of Grenache, showing for all the perfumed prettiness, it can still be a gutsy red. There’s beet vegetables, darker choc-licorice notes, warming baking spices along side dark fruit. A grainy, rugged palate with a shining pencil beam of light: juicy acidity illuminating the darkness. Lingering dark herbs and earthy sweet vegetable fruit. The tannins suggest a few more years under the belt will do no harm as the tannins integrate. A fair bit of wine for the money.

RRP: $20
Alc: 14.5%
Rating: 17.25/20

Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg

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