The Amaranthine is the last of three wines from ‘Amazing Sites’ line I’ve tasted while visiting d’Arenberg’s cellar door. There were only three of them available for tasting, so hopefully next time I will have opportunity to taste the entire range ;)
The 2010 was a good year in McLaren Vale with wines showing varietal character and complexity. The Amaranthine Shiraz 2010 is a opaque ruby wine with bouquet full of sweet plums, cherries, blackberries and blueberries with earthy, spicy notes.
In the mouth the wine is full, silky, smooth, concentrated and developed. Beautiful fruit characters with a bit rustic impressions and some oaky flavours – everything beautifully balanced and integrated. The palate is rich and gentle, full of blueberries and sweet plums with lots of spices. The tannins are rounded and big while the acidity intense and zest. The finish is long and lingering with an earthy notes and a hint of spices.
What’s the story behind the name of this wine?
“Amaranthine; to an artist it is a deep purple-red on his palette. To the wordsmith, eternally beautiful and unfading; everlasting. To fourth generation winemaker Chester Osborn, it is a wine that encapsulates both; a deep red beauty that’s appeal will last a lifetime.”
THE AMARANTHINE SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ 2010 wine details:
Wine – The Amaranthine
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2010
Grape varieties – Shiraz
Producer – d’Arenberg (read more)
Distributor / Importer – nd
Winemaker – Chester Osborn, Jack Walton
Vineyards – 3.3 ha, 97m above sea level; age of vines – 44 years;
Soils – loamy sand over limestone
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 14,2%
Barrel ageing – 20 months in new and old French and old American oak
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 99$
Others – TA 6.7; pH 3.44; vegan friendly; Single Vineyard wine;
Tasting date – March 2015; d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia