Cost: $13.95 (sale: $12.95 till April 1)
Grape Variety: Grenache/shiraz/mourvedre
Category: Still Table Wine
Region: McLaren Vale
Format: 750 mL
Producer: D’Arenberg Wines
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Description: Medium ruby to garnet in colour with medium to medium+ intensity.
Positives: Lots of spice going on here along with violets, plums, maple, nectarines, blackberries, dark cherries, tobacco leaves, cigar box & champagne mushrooms. Medium+ body with medium tannins, good acidity & long length.
Negatives: A touch of heat from the alcohol & some tartness on the finish.
Interesting Note: This GSM is more in line with Cotê du Rhone as I didn’t detect the usual jammy notes associated to Australian wines. Use Shiraz/Syrah wine glass if you have them. Finally, from time to time LCBO has this wine on sale.
Drink now on its own or pair it with Chinese dish of beef, mushrooms & broccoli.
Tasted: 7 Mar 12
Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9.5/10, Total: 18.5/20.
Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4