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Sunday, 30 December 2012

d'Arenberg Galvo Garage 2008

A nod to the garagistes of Bordeaux, with a 'Bordeaux' blend made in that most Australian of man-caves: the galvo shed.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Merlot (13%), Cabernet Franc (9%) and Petit Verdot (6%), predominantly from McLaren Vale, with some supporting fruit from the Adelaide Hills.

Aromatic cues are there to the blend: leafy, cassis, cedar and hints of tapenade. Alluring, inviting - not aggressive or overt - with a feint hint of eucalypt.

Shows an acidic brightness early on, savoury and tarry. Feels a little hollow - dried out from the hot year - but with tapenade and earthen character present on the palate. Medium-firm tannin with moderate length. 

Pulls together a little better over 2-3 days, indicative of some cellaring potential, certainly requires a good decant.  89+ - Good  

Tasted on: Saturday 22nd December, a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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