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d'Arenberg The Cenosilicaphobic Cat 2010

From the nose we can immediately tell that the 2010 is a slightly darker, denser wine than its two predecessors, the 07 and 09. There is the expected element of red fruit, cherries and baked rhubarb, but there exists a raft of darker fruit characters such as mulberry, chocolate and liquorice that we don't necessarily see in this variety every year. As always, the dash of Cinsault brings a lavender like lift to the overall wine. The palate also speaks of the exceptional quality of the vintage. Sagrantino always makes quite a tannic, dry wine with mouth puckering acidity and minerality, a combination of crushed rock and those rhubarb like characters we mentioned on the nose. In 2010 however, we find the palate to be somewhat more textured than normal, adding another dimension of mouthfeel to the acid and tannin structure. The fruit is fleshier and the tannins more chewy than gritty. None the less, expect this wine to age extremely gracefully over the next 10-15 years. A cracking wine from a cracking vintage.

 Producer d'Arenberg
 Region McLaren Vale
 Country Australia
 Varietals Sagrantino di MontefalcoCinsault
 Alcohol 14.3% alc/vol
 Vintage 2010

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1 out of 5 starsReviewed on October 06, 2017
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4 out of 5 starsReviewed on August 23, 2017
Really enjoyed this one
3 out of 5 starsReviewed on August 13, 2017

The wine is reminiscent of a cabernet savingnon with the peppery aftertaste of a merlot.  It was reasonably good when served with a meal but I did not enjoy it as a sipping wine by itself.

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d'Arenberg

McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Family History One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, cellar door and d’Arry’s Verandah...

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