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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

d'Arenberg Ironstone Pressings GSM 2014

d'Arenberg's upper echelon GSM blend (72/25/3% in that order). 

Distinctive air of McLaren Vale red fruited Grenache here. That's not to call it out as a fruity wine, rather it has that redcurrant and raspberry lead in, over an underlying earth - Ironstone even - core. 

Medium-to-full. Really what's noticeable are the tannins that immediately make themselves known, fine and powdery with a delicious persistence. There's a little freshening acidity, with some come hitter fruit, that all suggests this may cellar well. 

My only cautionary note is a suggestion of excessive heat in the back palate. Somewhat dominates the finish. Still, grand in stature. 91 

Tasted on: Wednesday 24th May, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $65
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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