For those used to big dark fruity red wines, you may require a little encouragement to approach the d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones. But I strongly encourage you. Its a blend of 60% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache, Souzao and Tinta Cao. Never heard of Souzao nor Tinta Cao? Dont worry, I had to look them up as well.
The 2011 d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones has lovely meaty, gamey aromas. Definitely more savoury and earthy end of the spectrum, but also nice ripe dark cherry keeping it fresh.
On the palate there are more savoury characters, like cured meats, and Italian herbs. Medium bodied, with warming alcohol. The tannins are smooth and drying, and cry out for a platter of cured meats, and roasted vegetable antipasto in the afternoon sun.
The 2011 d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones is interesting and not your normal package. But you shouldn’t expect anything normal from d’Arenberg.
Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Source: Provided by producer