(2017) d'Arenberg is the largest biodynamic grower in Australia. From a nearly extinct clone, a parent of the Reynella clone. Very low yields. Foot-trodden. Very fragrant with a touch of leafiness and really tight, fresh black fruit, lovely tobacco and a deeper cocoa and mulberry plushness. Great balance, plenty of tannin but tight and fine into a long finish. Note price and stockist quoted at time of review are for the 2011 vintage.
(2017) Made in an Amarone style, from 45-year-old vines, the grapes dried for 6 to 7 weeks. Smoky, tight, blue-black fruit with an intensity and a touch of prune, but absolutely not stewed, it's the ripe juiciness that comes through. Tight and black into the finish.
(2017) From a vineyard that once went into Grange. Hugely lifted nose, so dusty. Such an intense liquorice and Parma violet-touched character, very pure. Gorgeous sweet fruit, a touch of chocolate and creaminess of high quality French oak. Delicious and very long, smooth and balanced for ageing.
(2017) Pure, smoky and fragrant with exotic Sandalwood and spice. From the Haselgrove stable, it has lovely mocha notes with such sweet fruit, delicious spice and exoticism, but keeps that rose scented fragrance into a tight, supple finish.
(2017) Obvious age with a touch of dustiness and a little savoury slightly oxidative note. That touch of oxidation gives a fine meat stock and iodine character that's bloody and firm over the deep, dark and savoury fruit. The tannins now sweet and juicy.
(2017) Lovely pale colour still, with nutty, spicy, savoury red and black berries. The palate has a silky texture and lovely medium-bodied finesse, that touch of nuttiness and dry, fine tannins with juicy and fresh acidity.
(2017) The earliest harvest on record from this block, though this blend is the only one that uses a little purchased fruit too. Made only in old, larger barrels. Natural yeast, never acidified, never fined. Has been that way for 30 years. Pretty edges of twigs and briar, lovely floral notes with violet and cherry, the palate dry and savoury, with lovely fruit quality and a nice earthiness and orange and cherry fresh acidity, textured and refined into the finish.
(2017) Matured in old French oak again from five clones preferred on the estate. Dramatically pale colour, adds a little more tobacco and nutty characters to the florality, more solid in a way, but that's totally relative, as it's a subtle, dry, cranberry and cherry reserved style again, with even a little hint of chocolate and again spicy tobacco, into a long beautifully pure finish that stays supple, briary and tight.
(2017) A blend of 70% Grenache and 24% Mataro with 6% Shiraz, aged in large barrels. What beautiful ripe fruit, bursting with blueberry and super-ripe, deep mulberry, then fleshy and ripe, spicy, but so alive with slightly meaty, balsamic notes. In the mouth, it is savoury to the nth degree, with polished tannins and perfect balance. Impressive. Blooming good value from this garden for a wine of such quality.
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