2009 d'Arenberg Fruit Bat
Syrah - 750ML

  • JH 93
  • IWC 93
  • WF 92
  • WA 91

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$39.94

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Reg: $69.94

$39.94

This product is
out of stock

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JH 93
James Halliday - James Halliday, August 2011
Almost impenetrable colour; the bouquet exhibits a host of sweet black fruits almost essency in character; the palate is loaded with sweet fruit with a swag of tannin bringing up the rear and providing a chewy and dense... Almost impenetrable colour; the bouquet exhibits a host of sweet black fruits almost essency in character; the palate is loaded with sweet fruit with a swag of tannin bringing up the rear and providing a chewy and dense finish.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Inky ruby. Exotic aromas of red and dark berry preserves cherry-cola violet and spices. Plush and open-knit offering deep dark fruit flavors and notes of candied flowers and allspice. Tannins build with air and add... Inky ruby. Exotic aromas of red and dark berry preserves cherry-cola violet and spices. Plush and open-knit offering deep dark fruit flavors and notes of candied flowers and allspice. Tannins build with air and add focus to a long supple sweet finish. This has the depth to age but drinks very easily now.
WF 92
Wine Front - Wine Front, November 2011
Shallow grey loam planted 1999. Got a bit of lift and also a floral edge marzipan dark fruit and dark chocolate. Chewy dry tannin ferrous rough and rugged - though a little below full bodied. Lots of presence and furry... Shallow grey loam planted 1999. Got a bit of lift and also a floral edge marzipan dark fruit and dark chocolate. Chewy dry tannin ferrous rough and rugged - though a little below full bodied. Lots of presence and furry tannin to close. Don't spare the horses! Some gritty tannin and dark bitter chocolate on the finish and a touch of warmth. No lack of character. --Gary Walsh
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Deep garnet-purple colored the 2009 The Fruit Bat Shiraz has intense notes of warm plums mulberries dark chocolate and game plus a hint of baking spices and a whiff of prunes. Full bodied with a medium to firm level of... Deep garnet-purple colored the 2009 The Fruit Bat Shiraz has intense notes of warm plums mulberries dark chocolate and game plus a hint of baking spices and a whiff of prunes. Full bodied with a medium to firm level of chewy tannins it has very good fruit concentration in the mid-palate and a long finish with the spice notes pleasantly seasoning the dried fruits. Drink it 2013 to 2022+. 91+ Points. --Lisa Perotti-Brown
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.