d’Aarenberg’s 2010 ‘The Ironstone Pressings’ is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre. 2010 was a very good vintage, with abundant winter rains and a mild summer. With such a decent proportion of Grenache in this blend and a vintage conditions, I was expecting abundance soft and supple red fruit, and that’s what I got.
On the nose initially there was plenty of sweet raspberry, red fruit, soft sweet spices, with great intensity. Over time the hints of warm earth, dry meats/prosciutto evolved.
On the palate of the ‘Ironstone Pressings’ the red fruit theme continued in a more restrained style. Wild strawberries, raspberry, and some ripe cherries. Milk chocolate, and savoury spice, supported by unobtrusive oak. Hints of fresh Mediterranean herbs. Plenty of fresh and fleshy acid, with soft and supple tannins. All round very balanced and complex, with everything in the right place for a GSM.
As a new release I thought the ‘Ironstone Pressings’ benefited from decanting and more air contact to develop the more savoury characters – but that’s purely personal preference.
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer