Much has been written about the 2011 vintage, so its always interesting to see what leading wineries have produced from the year. Especially when its icon wines, and from a ideal region like McLaren Vale.
The 2011 d’Arenberg Ironstone Pressings – a blend of Grenache 70%, Shiraz 25% and Mourvedre 5%. On the nose there’s warm earth, and provencal herbs, a sweeter fruit jube aroma lightens things up. White pepper and spice.
The palate of the 2011 Ironstone Pressings, technically I’d have to say medium bodied, but with surprising depth. Chalky, grainy tannins. Dark fruit edge and more of that warm earth. Given the 70% Grenache I would probably have expected more redfruit lightness.
The 2010 Ironstone Pressings from d’Arenberg really grabbed my attention. The 2011 probably a little less so.
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer