DogRidge Grand Old Brand New 2011

While visiting DogRidge earlier this year, Fred, the owner and winemaker, said: “it is wine that becomes the part of our life, not the other way round. In France newborn child has wine is its mouth, before he even gets his first breath. Here, in Australia, we decide ourselves whether we want wine to be part of our life or not”. I think there’s something interesting in what he said, although I don’t see any of these […]

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The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Single Vineyard Shiraz 2010

As I am interested in everything related to wine, especially when it has a word ‘maniac’ in its name, it was obvious to taste this one. The Vociferate Dipsomaniac is one of eighteen wines that create a line called ‘Amazing Sites’; most of them are Single Vineyard wines and apart from three Grenaches, the rest are varietal Shiraz.   What does the name mean? D’Arenberg explains it this way: “Fourth generation family winemaker Chester Osborn believes the […]

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Coppermine Road 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

In my notebook there is a huge exclamation mark and the name of this icon wine is highlighted in bright yellow and there is a reason for that: the Coppermine Road 2010 is an extraordinary wine that will always remain in my memory for its beautiful aromas and rich flavours. I am so in love with McLaren Vale’s Cabernet Sauvignons! The back label gives the answer to a question about where the name comes from? “Coppermine Road […]

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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. […]

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Dead Arm Shiraz 2010

I’ve already tried The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006 (read wine review) and I loved it! It was good to compare the two vintages of one wine, in particular that the wine was made from vine partially affected by a Dead Arm disease. Let’s Dead Arm Shiraz 2010! Here’s what d’Arenberg writes about the 2010 vintage: “Good winter rains ensured adequate sub-soil moisture and set vines up well with healthy canopies. There was unseasonably hot weather during flowering, […]

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The Cenosilicaphobic Cat 2009

I love cats and I find the sound of the phobia names interesting, therefore I wanted to try wine, The Cenosilicaphobic Cat 2009, named after a cat and a phobia of an empty glass ;) Let’s check what the story behind the name is! “Growing up, fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, had a large ginger cat with blood shot eyes named Non Alcoholic Booze. In typical Australian fashion this was shortened to Booze after he was caught cleaning […]

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Teusner Joshua GMS 2013

“For anyone who has ever met my business partner Mick Page and I, it would come as no surprise to learn that the idea for Teusner Wines was conceived at the pub over a few beers. That first wine, like Mick’s first son, was called Joshua. Since the first vintage (2002) was released, the recipe hasn’t changed a whole lot. Typically a blend Grenache (68%) and a chunk of Mataro (23%) from 100 year old vines at […]

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Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red NV

I’m not a big fan of sparkling reds but I enjoyed them in Australia. D’Arenberg’s Peppermint Paddock was one of the best I tried. It was interesting to try a wine made from not very popular hybrid grape variety – Chambourcin. What this wine has in common with peppermint? “Surrounded by peppermint gums, the block that was replanted in 1989 to Chambourcin, which is a hybrid variety, has proven itself as a successful variety for red wine […]

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The Money Spider Roussanne 2013

I don’t like spiders (although I’ve learned my lesson in Australia!) but I adore Roussanne grapes and wines made from this grape variety, therefore the Money Spider sounded as an interesting ‘blend’ for me. Let’s check out what links the wine with the spiders: “d’Arenberg planted Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne in the mid 1990’s, and the first crop of Roussanne from the 2000 vintage was covered in a sea of tiny “Money Spiders” (Erigoninae). Popular belief is […]

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The Bonsai Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2010

I fell in love with aroma of this wine the same second I put my nose over the glass! It is a typical South Australian blend, the famous GSM, from 2010 vintage which was quite hot at the beginning of the season with mild to cool nights later on and just little rain. How does d’Arenberg explain the name of this wine? “These old, dry grown bush vines grow in shallow soils on hard rock, requiring hand […]

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The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006

I am still amazed by this wine, it’s balance and complexity. I’ve tasted many wines in Australia, but this one I keep in my mind as an exceptional masterpiece. Where the name comes from? “Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That […]

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The Dry Dam Riesling 2007

I remember being excited while visiting d’Arenberg’s cellar door last March; at the same time I was a bit stressed while wondering whether I will make it with all the wines from their portfolio or not. I hadn’t tasted all the wines, but I tried enough of them to appreciate the diversity of the brand; The Dry Dam Riesling 2007 was the first of them on my tasting list. What’s the story behind the name of this […]

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Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is how Serafino Wines describes their Black Label series of wines (Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is one of Black Label wines): “Serafino black label wines are selected from our premium estate vineyard’s in McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale has a diverse mix of soil types and vineyard orientation that enhance the complexity of Serafino Wines. Distinctive varietal and regional characters are captured in all the premium black label wines and we hope you will enjoy these wines […]

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