2009 d'Arenberg Blewitt Springs
Grenache - 750ML

  • JH 94
  • WF 93
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92

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JH 94
James Halliday - James Halliday, August 2011
Polished and detailed red fruit bouquet with clove and Provençal herbs on display; medium bodied and almost silky in texture with a fine grained tannin and even fruited finish.
WF 93
Wine Front - Wine Front, February 2012
I tasted and reviewed this with the label facing me but without knowing the price tag... No one quite invests in McLaren Vale grenache like D'Arenberg does so you can't blame them for championing it. And there is... I tasted and reviewed this with the label facing me but without knowing the price tag... No one quite invests in McLaren Vale grenache like D'Arenberg does so you can't blame them for championing it. And there is certainly oodles of well-priced grenache in the D'Arenberg portfolio. But still yowzer. The difference here is the rich essence-like rush of violet-like fragrance and flavour. It makes for a strikingly delicious wine. It's sturdy of tannin and yet pure of fruit with licorice and earth and spice-box notes adding depth to the dance of florals. Put it this way I had a lot of bottles open and this was the one I found hardest to spit. 93+ Points --Campbell Mattinson
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Bright ruby-red. Intense highly perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves spicecake herbs and cola. Smooth and fleshy with densely packed yet vibrant flavors of raspberry and bitter cherry. Spicy and quite elegant with... Bright ruby-red. Intense highly perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves spicecake herbs and cola. Smooth and fleshy with densely packed yet vibrant flavors of raspberry and bitter cherry. Spicy and quite elegant with fine-grained silky tannins and impressive finishing cling. This doesn't want to let go.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
The 2009 Blewitt Springs Single Region Grenache has a medium garnet-purple color. Youthfully mute it reveals delicate warm raspberry strawberry and mulberry aromas with spice box plus some eucalypt and thyme. Very crisp... The 2009 Blewitt Springs Single Region Grenache has a medium garnet-purple color. Youthfully mute it reveals delicate warm raspberry strawberry and mulberry aromas with spice box plus some eucalypt and thyme. Very crisp rich and full it offers medium-firm velvety tannins and a long and spicy finish. --Lisa Perotti-Brown
Color & Type Red
Varietal Grenache
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Sub-region McLaren Vale
Vintage 2009

Winery

d'Arenberg

One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, cellar door, and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant.

Chester Osborn, fourth generation family member and Chief Winemaker since 1984, has forged a reputation for producing strikingly individual wines and melding tradition and innovation. He has rejuvenated the 70 year old cellars and 19th Century vineyards and oversees all aspects of winemaking, viticulture and marketing.

Discovering new varieties suited to the diverse terroir of McLaren Vale has been an ongoing passion for Chester. Early in his tenure, he took leave from the winery and spent most of a year on a viticultural and oenological tour of France, Italy, Germany and Spain. He has since introduced many varieties to the region including Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Tempranillo and Souzao. d’Arenberg now makes wine from over 33 different varieties.

Minimal input viticulture is employed across d’Arenberg owned, leased and contracted vineyards to ensure grape quality and environmental responsibility. This includes minimal or no irrigation, no soil cultivation, minimal spraying and most importantly, no fertilization. This natural and environmentally friendly philosophy encourages strong root systems that penetrate multiple levels of soil which is reflected in lively tannin structures, soil characters and fine minerality.

d'Arenberg is the only winery in Australia to basket press white wines as well as reds, making for a labor intensive process, but the quality of the results makes this worthwhile. This pressing is controlled and extremely gentle. White wines are basket pressed before fermentation to ensure no color or tannins are extracted from the skins, and the reds are pressed afterwards. After pressing, barrel fermented components are aged on lees to slow aging and keep the wine fresh, while also reducing oak influence. There is no racking until the final blending, and the wines do not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.