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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

d'Arenberg Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009

Chester Osborn is a Grenache nut.  A love for, and understanding of, the variety is strong in the man, and evident in this wine.

Earthen and leathery notes, distinctly savoury marked with tapenade and elements of prune.  Savoury - a word I kept coming back to - and here with this wine a significant point of difference from the many sweet, overly-confected examples you see.

Assertive acid that sweeps forward in a singular movement, delivering complex waves of flavour.  Good drying tannin, facilitating excellent spice-tinged length.  93 - Very Good

Source: Prize
Price: $ 30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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