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Tuesday 10 September 2013

d'Arenberg Cadenzia GSM 2009

A Grenache (50%), Shiraz (45%), Mourvèdre (5%) blend from self-confessed 'Grenache Freak' Chester Osborn. Grenache, the primary constituent component, is shown in its darker, meatier guise here: leathery, dried earth; hints of red fruits slowly reveal themselves, with touches of rose washed over by sweet oak.

Given time, the wine takes on a more savoury portrayal: ferrous, some blood and guts - the three players acting out their roles as the workhorses of the Australian wine industry.

The palate shows fine grain tannin, red fruits and spice that balloons in the mouth. I'll say it again: savoury more than fruit driven with some depth and spine from the Shiraz and Mourvèdre. I saw more of the sweeter aspects of McLaren Vale Grenache on the second day it was open, a little raspberry and general fruit. Good drinking all up. 89

Tasted on: Friday 6th September, a Root Day
Source: Grenache Day
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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