Established 1912

Nothing shabby about this derelict.

The 2009 vintage of d’Arenberg The Derelict Vineyard Grenache has been named as one of Australia’s Best 100 Wines by popular UK wine writer, Matthew Jukes for 2012

Wine writer Matthew Jukes

 Unruly by name but not by nature this ‘text book’ Grenache, made from entirely from derelict bush vines, has attracted the attention of wine scribes around the globe and scored a gold medal at the McLaren Vale Wine Show 2010. 

Of the wine, Jukes notes;

“With twelve months spent in oak this fragrant, herbal, pipe smoke and mulberry infused Grenache is absolutely captivating. d'Arenberg’s recent red releases are among the best that I have seen in a decade, with 2008 Dead Arm surely being the epitome of its indomitable McLaren Vale style. There were very few pure Grenache wines that rocked my boat this year, which is a shame, so allow this wine to soothe your hectic taste buds with its mellifluous, calming, other-worldly flavours. “

Other writers who have been seduced by this vintage include James Halliday who awarded it 94 points in his annual publication; Australian Wine Companion. 

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.

For a full summary of the reviews this wine has received, please click here or view the following blog posts.

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