d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2010
Initially the nose is dominated by lifted Shiraz notes of sweet, purple plums and rich, dark liquorice. As the wine opens, the cocktail of varieties clinging to the Shiraz become more evident. First we see pretty, perfumed notes evolving, think musk and violets. Then the more exotic aromatics of warm, Indian spices and freshly turned earth. The complexity is just as provocative on the palate. A lovely cooked rhubarb character adds sweetness but vibrant acidity at the same time. The sweet fruits are balanced out with restraining savoury notes of cured meat and black olive. The true feature of this wine lies in the firm, yet fine, chalky tannins which meld together with an ironstone like acidity and a long mineral finish, all of which leaves your mouth salivating in anticipation of that next taste. Once you arrive at the point, the hardest decision then becomes whether to sniff or sip next.
Wine SpectatorFresh and open-textured, with a tomato leaf and dried tomato edge to the berry flavors, lingering on the refined finish. Best from 2015 through 2018. 1,000 cases imported.