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Love Grass Shiraz

d’Arenberg Love Grass Shiraz

Love Grass Shiraz by d’Arenberg made from grapes sourced from McLaren Vale.

Lovegrass is a weed that grows in the vineyards and its sticky flowers affectionately attach themselves to vineyard workers’ socks. This Shiraz will linger with you in the same way that the flowers do!

The nose evokes all those childhood memories of picking wild blackberries, mulberries and raspberries, complete with woody spice and brambly notes. The palate shows further layers of complexity woven through the sweet berry fruits. Earthiness shines through, perhaps even a suggestion of rich beef reduction, leather and walnut. Chewy tannins complete this generous and complex wine. 

Dark brooding fruits, dried herbs and spice contribute to the nose of this easy drinking red. The palate is round and delicious with abundant red currant, mulberry and plum. The tannin is firm but not over-bearing, resulting in a wine that is delicious and comforting.

Love Grass Shiraz is a pleasure to match with all kinds of rich, meaty dishes.

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A wet winter ensured good sub soil moisture and set up the vines well with healthy canopies. Spring was very dry with above average temperatures, a heavy downpour in January was a welcome relief. Mild conditions during the ripening period produced wines that show an abundance of spicy fruits with great colour and richness. Vintage started on 30 January, the earliest start on record by one day.

From entry level to iconic, all d’Arenberg wines have been basket pressed, reds and whites, with all red ferments foot trod during fermentation. Walking the vineyard rows and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, then transferred to five tonne headed-down open fermenters, all batches remain separate until final blending. The red wines are foot trod two thirds of the way through fermentation, and then basket pressed. d’Arenberg is one of the only wineries in Australia to basket press both white wines as well as reds, making for a labour intensive process, but the quality of the results makes this worthwhile as the action is controlled and extremely gentle.

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeAlcohol: 14.5%Vintage: 2016Flavours: , , , , Grape Details: Shiraz (85%), Viognier (3%), Merlot (3%), Pinot Noir (2%), Sagrantino (1%), Cinsault (1%), Souzao (1%), Tinta Cao (1%)Vinification: Up to 18 months in used French and American Oak and large casksCellaring: If cellared correctly it will continue to evolve for at least a decade.Tasting: The bouquet opens with bright purple fruits before a darker layer of black olive and cracked pepper emerges. On closer inspection all the different varieties are on display with a rack full of spices and a touch of pot-pourri. The palate is equally complex with lovely sweet fruit opening before more savoury elements of black olive, cured meat and game take over the mid palate. Cinnamon, bay leaf and nutmeg have a role to play on the long mineral finish.SKU: DAREN11

£15.99 a bottle

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d'Arenberg

“d’Arenberg is an icon of the McLaren Vale, dating back to 1912. Chief winemaker Chester Osborn is the great-grandson of the founder, Joseph Rowe Osborn. Chester now oversees a stellar (and ever-expanding) range of strangely named and exquisitely crafted red and white wines.
The oldest of the d’Arenberg blocks were first planted in the 1880s with Shiraz, and still contribute to the wines today.”

South Australia

The McLaren Vale is predominately a red wine region, producing some of the best red wines in South Australia. Vineyards were first planted in the mid 1800s. One of the early pioneers Thomas Hardy established a business that evolved to BRL Hardy, one of the largest wine companies in the country. The region also has a healthy number of boutique wineries that consistently make fine wines and experiment with different wine styles. The climate is warm to hot with dry summers, and benefits from cooling breezes from the St Vincent Gulf. The main wine styles: Red – Shiraz (rich, ripe & generous), Cabernet Sauvignon; White – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

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