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Sunday, 19 April 2015

d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original 2012

It's a great privilege to receive wines for review, possibly even more so when the wine in question is one that you cut your teeth on. Ubiquitous in the UK in the first decade of the 21st century, the d'Arenberg brand even more so, such that I considered the red stripe synonymous with the region. I digress.

Grenache leads, although it's an equal partner in this 50/50 blend of Shiraz and Grenache. Licorice, woody spice and a mix of berry fruit from across the spectrum.

Struggles a bit on the palate for me, a searing acidity that puts the wine off balance. Pulls up short on the palate too. Somewhat unconvincing in the final two thirds. 86

Tasted on: Monday 6th April, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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