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The Sticks & Stones Tempranillo Blend

d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones Tempranillo Blend

The Sticks & Stones Tepranillo Blend is a very Iberian blend produced by d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale. It contains several varietals , Tempranillo (41%) Grenache (41%) Souzao (15%) Tinta Cao, better known in Europe.

d’Arenberg was one of the first to plant Tempranillo in McLaren Vale as this variety appears well-suited to this region, and is a traditional blending partner for Grenache. This wine now includes Souzao and a small amount of Tinto Cao The inspiration behind this name came from the age-old proverb ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ The unusual and quirky names that d’Arenberg’s range of wines has never done the winery any harm. They also do use sticks (vine cuttings) planted into stony soils to produce the grapes that result in this wine.

To taste this exotic mix of Iberian varieties is to embark upon a tantalizing journey of the senses. The nose begins dark and broody, with licorice, tar, mushrooms, autumn leaves, earth and game. When swirling your glass more fruity nuances evolve, blackberry, a hint of blueberry and dark cherry truffle. This a seriously complex wine. Further interest is found on the palate with flavours of red licorice, spice and peat all evident. Fruit weight, tannin structure and acidity are in perfect harmony. In fact, from the nose one would expect a rather large tannic beast, but despite the wine’s blackness it really is quite seamless and pleasantly medium bodied. Certain to reward cellaring or at a minimum an hour or two in a decanter if you are unable to wait.

The Sticks & Stones Tempranillo Blend is d’Arenberg at its experimental best. Interesting varietals made with a tremendous flair by this world famous winery. 

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Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeAlcohol: 14.5%Vintage: 2010Flavours: , , , , Grape Details: Tempranillo (41%), Grenache (421), Souza (15%), Cao (3%)Vinification: Maturation took place in French and American oak barriques for 10 months prior to bottling. Natural minimal processing ensures maximum flavour, which results in a harmless deposit in, and adhering to the bottle.Cellaring: Likely to develop for some years ahead.Tasting: On the Nose: Fragrant and flowery with a leafy mix of herbaceous, dark-red berries, cranberries, plums, fresh strawberry jam and violets. As the wine opens, aromatic notes of musk, violets, dark cherries, bush tomatoes and strong flowery notes come through with a background of spice and fine oak notes. On the Palate: Soft, alluring and bigger due to the Shiraz. The flavours are very elegant and have a dark red/earthy focus and as the wine opens the grenache cranberry notes become quite obvious. The mid palate is long with a lovely softness about it. A mix of red and black fruit evolve and is dominated with savoury fruit notes such as cherry and olive stones, kirsch-like notes, roasted dates and mineral notes as the tannins take hold on the finish.SKU: DAREN12

£17.99 a bottle

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“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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