For many winemakers and many regions of South Australia 2012 vintage was a relief. Ideal ripening conditions, on top of the previous wet winter meant vines were healthy and fruit in top quality. So expectations are pretty high for the 2012 releases, let alone those icon wines from top producers like d’Arenberg.
The d’Arenberg Ironstone Pressings as always impressed me as a blend. The 2010 Ironstone Pressings was memorable. The 2012 release is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre. The Grenache dominance brings with it gorgeous floral and violet lightness, followed by a gamey meat savouriness. Its very complex with many layers developing and showing itself.
On the palate definitely at the savoury end of the spectrum; warm sun-baked McLaren Vale earth, fresh sour cherry. The complex flavours linger and continue to unfold. The tannins are fine and somewhat drying, but the wine is still soft and lively. Very enjoyable drinking now and as with all their icon releases will develop over the next decade. The d’Arenberg Ironstone Pressings is good value at $65.
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer