Chester Osborn's inspiration behind this wine is the so-called 'garage wines' from Bordeaux
, the home of the classic varieties used in this blend. There they are produced in the shed or 'garage' of boutique winemakers dedicated to making small-volume wines of the highest quality. These wines are not 'Classified' by the governing wine authorities, yet are often the most sought after, highly priced wines in the world today. D'Arenberg's galvanized, corrugated 'garage' was built in 1927, and to this day, houses d'Arenberg's traditional open fermenters and 19th century basket-presses used in the handcrafting of this wine. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon
(61%), Merlot (17%), Cabernet Franc (14%) and Petit Verdot (8%) - the fruit sourced from McLaren Vale (89%) and Adelaide Hills (11%).
d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage's appearance is noticeably deep and dark, suggesting a complex full-bodied, oak matured wine. The aromas are very classic Cabernet with notes of exotic dark plums, mulberry, blackcurrants, fragrant cassis and an underlying mix of dark chocolate, cherries, cured meats and spiced violets. Green runner-bean and fine-toasted, French oak, cedar notes come through as the wine opens. The palate is ripe and has an impressive elegance upon entry and then you are struck with the overwhelming complexity and presence. Extremely juicy with a wonderful deep richness and structure. A mix of pure fruit with edges of exotic notes, immense structure and length with mineral acidity and fine lacy tannins directing the fruit.
"The 2006 The Galvo Garage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot which spent 10-12 months in seasoned French and American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it presents aromas of cedar, spice box, black currant and blackberry. Structured, dense, and savory, this firm effort will evolve for 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2021." 90 Points, Jay Miller