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 wine from this vineyard is so good it can cause people to develop a mild case of Dipsomania (look it up) and demand ‘vociferously’ for another bottle.”
Time to taste!
The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Shiraz 2010 is an opaque, ruby coloured wine with red hues. The aroma is medium and pure with defined complexity. In the bouquet you will find black forest fruits, red currant and plum with a distinct note of forest floor and violets, which goes together with spices and herbs.
In the mouth the Vociferate Dipsomaniac Shiraz 2010 is full, balanced and rich with lively acidity and fine astringency. The wine has solid, earthy structure, generous alcoholic strength and big, persistent tannins. The palate is developed and delicate at the same time – you will notice a pure, ripe blueberry (it gives a sweet impression on the palate!) and blackberry flavours with a hint of spices and distinct dark chocolate. The finish is long and lingering with dark chocolate, black peppers and developed tannins.
My overall impression is very positive – the wine is great, complex, masculine and concentrated, at the same time being smooth and sensuous. I highly recommend trying it altogether with other wines from the ‘Amazing Sites’ line from d’Arenberg’s portfolio.
THE VOCIFERATE DIPSOMANIAC SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ 2010 wine details:
Wine – The Vociferate Dipsomaniac Shiraz
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 – 3.4 ha, 120m above sea level
Soils – red and brown clay and loam on limestone
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 14,8%
Barrel ageing – 20 months in new and old French and old American oak
Serving temperature – 16-17°C
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 99$
Others – vegan friendly, pH 3.47; TA 6.5; Single Vineyard;
Tasting date – March 2015, d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia