Ironstone Pressings GSM 2010

The Ironstone Pressings GSM 2010 is one of d’Arenberg’s icon wines, alongside Dead Arm and Coppermine Road. It is the classic example of Australian GSM blend.

Why ‘ironstone’? What is the story behind the label? This is what I found in the back label:

Most of McLaren Vale’s acclaimed and historic vineyards are impregnated with ancient, decomposed laterite granite known as ironstone. Its extraordinary rusty red-brown colour is derived from the iron oxides present in the stone. The larger pieces were cleared from the vineyards in the late 1880’s and utilised in many of the buildings at d’Arenberg, most notably the old stables.”



Time for my tasting note!

Ironstone Pressings 2010 is a vivid bright, red coloured wine. The aroma is medium, harmonious and diverse. There’s not a lot fruits in the aroma apart from some blackberry and black fig notes, although you will find beautiful earthy, spicy and savoury aromas: aniseed, forest floor, gamey, nutmeg with a hint of white pepper.

In the mouth Ironstone Pressings 2010 is elegant, dry, harmonious and complex. The acidity is lively with fine astringency and smooth, integrated tannins. On the palate you will find black currant, blackberry and powerful red currant flavours. The fruitiness is complimented with spices (aniseed, pepper), savoury and earthy notes (forest floor, gamey) and its red fruit sweet-ish flavours remind me of the red sparkling wines. The acidity is quite high and wine seems to be drying but it tastes very good. Finish is long and crisp with red currant and white pepper.

Before I will get through the details of Ironstone Pressings 2010, let’s listen to Chester Osborn talking about his wine:


Ironstone Pressings GSM 2010 wine details:

Wine – Ironstone Pressings
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2010
Grape varieties – Grenache 70%, Shiraz 25%, Mourvedre 5%
Producer – d’Arenberg (read more)
Distributor / Importer – nd
Winemaker – Chester Osborn, Jack Walton
Vineyards – nd
Soils – decomposed laterite granite – ironstone
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 13,9%
Barrel ageing – new and used French oak barriques
Serving temperature – 16-18°C
Cellaring – yes, up to 20 years (according to producer)
Price range – 65$
Others – RS 0.8g/l; TA 6.4; pH3.49; no fining, no filtration; minimum sulphur added
Tasting date – March 2015; d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia

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