d'Arenberg Custodian Grenache 2014 (McLaren Vale)
The nose is initially quite dark and brooding. Black forest berries, woody spices and soil like notes slowly give way to brighter undertones of raspberry, blueberry and florals.
The palate tells a slightly different story with a raft of red fruit characters such as raspberry and stewed rhubarb paired with an almost cranberry like acidity. The tannins are verging on gritty, in a tantalizing sense.
This appealing combination of red fruits, crisp acidity and vibrant tannin gives an overall impression of freshness and youth, and indicates that this wine will evolve elegantly over the next 5 to 8 years, growing in richness, roundness and complexity as it does so.
SOLD OUT - d'Arenberg's 2016 vintage of The Custodian Grenache is now available here.
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 transferred to a mixture of old French and American oak to complete fermentation and mature. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling. Winey notes
|Brand||dArenberg McLaren Vale|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$19.99|