2011 is well know as being cooler and wetter than normal, although McLaren Vale escaped pretty well in contrast to Barossa and Clare Valley.
Given the cooler year I was expecting, green herbaceous and barely ripe fruit. Instead the 2011 dArenberg Coppermine Road is lush and rich. Ripe fruit, not overtly sweet but all in balance. On the nose theres white pepper and subtle spice, dark berries, and leathery make me think Hunter Valley Shiraz.
On the palate lovely acid balances the rich dark berries. Hints of menthol/mint and dark rich chocolate. Lively tannins suggest the dArenberg Coppermine Road Cabernet is a quality age-worthy wine. Proving that challenging vintages let great winemakers shine through.
The defence rests, your Honour.
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer