2009 d'Arenberg Eight Iron
Syrah - 750ML

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

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$49.94

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Reg: $69.94

$49.94

This product is
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WF 93
Wine Front - Wine Front, November 2011
The Eight Iron vineyard is located near the cellar door. Planted in 1960 on shallow grey loam. Raspberry liqueur pepper licorice earth - seems very McLareny. Even savoury and earthy palate married to sweet red fruit. Like... The Eight Iron vineyard is located near the cellar door. Planted in 1960 on shallow grey loam. Raspberry liqueur pepper licorice earth - seems very McLareny. Even savoury and earthy palate married to sweet red fruit. Like the tannin and the balanced acidity. Length is good - dried herb and earthy pull. Charismatic. --Gary Walsh
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Deep garnet-purple colored the 2009 The Eight Iron Shiraz has a youthfully mute nose with notes of kirsch tar and tree bark over hints of cumin Indian spices and warm blueberries. Well structured and more expressive in... Deep garnet-purple colored the 2009 The Eight Iron Shiraz has a youthfully mute nose with notes of kirsch tar and tree bark over hints of cumin Indian spices and warm blueberries. Well structured and more expressive in the mouth it's very full bodied with crisp acid and firm finely grained tannins finishing long and savory. Consider drinking it 2013 to 2023+. --Lisa Perotti-Brown
JH 92
James Halliday - James Halliday, August 2011
Deep in colour and dark in personality with black fruits bitter chocolate inky fruit and toasty oak; the palate is chewy and dense epic in proportion and very tannic; it appears that this wine has been built for the long... Deep in colour and dark in personality with black fruits bitter chocolate inky fruit and toasty oak; the palate is chewy and dense epic in proportion and very tannic; it appears that this wine has been built for the long haul.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Glass-staining ruby. Pungent expressive bouquet of cherry compote singed plum and cassis complicated by licorice and violet qualities. Big chewy and broad on the palate which repeats the cherry and cassis notes and... Glass-staining ruby. Pungent expressive bouquet of cherry compote singed plum and cassis complicated by licorice and violet qualities. Big chewy and broad on the palate which repeats the cherry and cassis notes and shows a smoky quality. Very rich shiraz with a powerful floral-dominated finish and very good persistence.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
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.