2017 d' Arenberg Shiraz The Love Grass

Year: 2017
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
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"Concentrated and dense, featuring black cherry and spiced plum flavors, with black tea, cedar, tobacco and white pepper accents. Finds harmony on the finish, where the tannins firm up. Drink now. 600 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"The plum and berry fruit on the nose is on the stewed side in this broad shouldered Shiraz. The oak feels mealy and cola-like, backed by chocolate, mint and olive. The powerful palate is dominated by chewy, drying tannins but plush, plummy fruit and savory spice peek through the cracks. -Christina Pickard " (WE)

Winery Notes:
BACKGROUND:
A wild grass, the Love Grass, often grows in the vineyards surrounding the d‘Arenberg winery. During vintage, the sticky, Velcro-like, long stemmed flowers of the Love Grass affectionately attach themselves to the vineyard workers’ socks. This Shiraz will also linger with you and, as such, the family thought it fitting to name this wine 'The Love Grass'.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation, the wine is basket pressed and then aged in French oak for up to 18 months.

TASTING NOTES:
Super lifted spice, blackcurrant and blackberry. There’s an underlying dark fruit pastille, with licorice and beef stock flavors that contrast some slight herbal notes. A medium bodied shiraz with incredible concentration and length. This is a serious wine that is also quite accessible in its youth.