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d’Arenberg 2011 Ironstone Pressings – Wine Review

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. Ironstone Pressings

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.

Alcohol: 14.1%
RRP: $65
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer

Elderton ‘Greenock Two’ 2013 – Wine Review

Continuing along the modern and stylish theme of the Elderton Greenock One Shiraz, the Elderton ‘Greenock Two’ is a modern take on this traditional blend. 49% Shiraz, 41% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache make up the components. This wine is from vines planed in 1969 in Barossa Western edge, near the small township of Greenock. Elderton greenock-two

On the nose the 2013 Greenock Two shows quite a meaty, savoury character, presumably from the larger component of Mourvedre. Dusty cocoa and a pretty floral waft keep it alluring.

On the palate its silky tannins and well bodied. Ripe blue fruit and a red fruit hint, chocolate and liquorice. Fresh cracked black pepper, and touch of juniper. Ultimately leading to a pleasurable, complex and intriguing wine which from a great vintage.

Alcohol: 14.0%
RRP: $28
Region: Barossa
Source: Provided by producer

Schwarz Wine Co – 2010 Dust Kicker GSM

Small batch, low intervention wines which speak of the Barossa.  This is what Schwarz Wine Co represents and what Barossa does so well.  Part of the Artisans of Barossa group just outside Tanunda, where you can taste the products and meet the makers while overlooking the region.   

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