Friday, March 25, 2011


- McLaren Vale, SA
- $24-$30
- Screwcap
- 14.7%alc

I think it would be safe to say d'Arenberg is Australia's champion of grenache. Don't be surprised if one day, a super premium, single varietal grenache emerges from the brand with the distinctive red stripe.

Combining 50% grenache with 45% shiraz and 5% mourvedre, d'Arenberg's 2009 Cadenzia smells beautifully set in the glass. Expect to find a deep, soft and evenly ripened fragrance of plums, earth, blueberries, raspberries and cinnamon, expressed with fruit attention, thanks to a considerate touch of chocolate/mocha oak (10 months in used French and American) imparting no more than an edge. The palate shows a plushly flavoured, bright array of its components, with a moderately juicy imprint of sour-edged plum and cherry flavours smoothed over by regional chocolate notes and levelled by earth, before a touch of mourvedre's rustic tickle accompanies the wine into a refreshingly sour-edged yet grippy climax. An effortless, lithe structure coasts through the finish, providing true palate extension courtesy of ultra-slick, racy acids and an extremely fine cut of coarse tannin.

ü+ The 2009 Cadenzia is a real wine drinker's red. Delicious and hard to fault, it disappears before your very eyes, although its smooth and seamless balance of bright varietal fruits should see it age with grace. Drink to 2017.
91 points

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