d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache is a single vineyard wine from McLaren Vale. Some years ago, chief winemaker, Chester Osborn
, sought out additional premium Grenache fruit from McLaren Vale
to meet the high demand for d'Arenberg's Grenache-based wines. Amongst others, a particular vineyard planted thirty years ago with Grenache appeared promising, and was the inspiration behind the naming of this wine. The exceptionally low-yielding Grenache was picked late in vintage, gently crushed, fermented and pressed before barrel fermentation and maturation for 12 months in older French & American oak barriques.
d'Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache has an inviting nose of flowers, spice, earth and red fruits including strawberries and freshly picked mulberries. This is serious stuff, layered, lifted and complex. The palate is a textural wonderland, slippery graphite then grainy, gritty fruit tannin flows into earthy grip betraying its old vine concentration. All the while the ripe red fruits dance about, keeping everything fresh and zingy.
"A darker and more savoury example of Grenache from the stable, with leather, black fruits, thyme and black olive; the palate delivers assertive acidity and fine tannins and the finish is long and expansive." 94 Points, The Australian Wine Companion 2012, James Halliday
"Bright ruby. Ripe cherry and plum on the nose, with complicating notes of mocha and dried rose. Round, fleshy dark fruit flavors show very good depth and pick up smokiness with air. A brighter note of redcurrant arrives on the long, sappy, floral accented finish. I like this wine's focus and bite." 91 Points, 2011 International Wine Competition,