d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2009

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2009

McLaren Vale, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%
One of Australia's most revered wineries, d'Arenberg have a long history of crafting high quality wines at their McLaren Vale winery, which was established back in 1912. Well-known for their high quality red wines, The Footbolt Shiraz has gained a reputation as one of Australia's most popular red wines; always delivering the depth, complexity and 'cellar-worthiness' that are hallmarks of the McLaren Vale regional style.

We're delighted to have secured limited stocks of this 10-year-old museum release of The Footbolt Shiraz from d'Arenberg. A wine that has been carefully stored in the cellars of d'Arenberg for the past decade, this presents a rare opportunity to secure an aged McLaren Vale Shiraz that is just entering its peaking drinking window.

As you'd expect from a wine of this age, this has developed excellent complexity; the lush red and purple fruit flavours and five spice notes, beautifully in-sync with the well-measured oak. A museum release that offers fantastic value drinking at this price, we suggest decanting prior to serving to get the most enjoyment from this wine.

"94 Points. Superb, bright clear crimson; it's not the first thing that normally comes to mind with d'Arenberg, but this is an elegant, fine, medium-bodied wine; the fruits are more in the red than black spectrum, and it is spice more than dark chocolate that joins the fruit, oak and tannins, all perfectly weighted. Alcohol: 14.4 % Drink: 2020 Screwcap" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

Availability: In stock

$24.90
One of Australia's most revered wineries, d'Arenberg have a long history of crafting high quality wines at their McLaren Vale winery, which was established back in 1912. Well-known for their high quality red wines, The Footbolt Shiraz has gained a reputation as one of Australia's most popular red wines; always delivering the depth, complexity and 'cellar-worthiness' that are hallmarks of the McLaren Vale regional style.
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South Australia
McLaren Vale
750
14.5
The Name: Before being renamed The Footbolt Shiraz in 1996, the Old Vine Shiraz (as it was then known) was the first wine to use the term ‘Old Vine’. When this became common practice it was altered to honour a racehorse that changed the Osborn family forever. The founder of d’Arenberg, Joseph Osborn was a successful racehorse owner and Footbolt was the pride of his stable. In 1912 he made the hard decision to sell his stable of horses to start d’Arenberg, so it is only fitting we pay homage to Joseph and his prize horse, Footbolt.

The Vintage: Sufficient winter rains set up the vines well with good canopies. December and most of January were very cool with only three days above 30°C until late in the month. There was a string of days above 40°C in late January, most Shiraz vines were going through veraison at this time and there was little negative impact. The mild weather that followed ensured that ripening was stress free and grapes showed good levels of natural acidity and balanced tannins.

The Winemaking: Walking the vineyard rows and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches are passed through a gentle open roller crusher with some berries remaining whole and then transferred to five-tonne headed-down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending.

Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. When tannin extraction is just right, the wine is basket pressed. It’s then transferred to a mixture of new and used French and older American oak barriques and large casks to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees to keep the wine fresh and also reduces the oak influence. There is no racking until final blending with no fining or filtering. Chester and the winemaking team undertake an extensive barrel tasting process to determine the final blend.

The Characteristics: The nose is full of the fresh berries and spice synonymous with McLaren Vale, with a slight eucalypt lift. There is real interest in the secondary characters of sarsaparilla, cinnamon and clove which are expressed more completely as the wine opens up. The palate is mouth coating and plush with red and purple fruits mingling with orange peel and earth. There is a welcomed kick of five spice on the back palate. The lifted and fine fruit tannins provide structure and pull the wine together nicely.

The Footbolt Shiraz has proven to cellar well for at least a decade. The minimal intervention methods of d’Arenberg sometimes result in a harmless deposit in or adhering to the bottle. Decanting prior to serving is recommended to get the most enjoyment from this wine.

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