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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 12 
Producerd'Arenberg (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
Designationd'Arry's Original Shiraz/Grenache
RegionSouth Australia
AppellationMcLaren Vale
UPC Code(s)767749002046, 9311832337006

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2012 (based on 13 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.3 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 20 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by KristianT on 3/30/2014 & rated 89 points: Always a great wine to pull out from the cellar. Despite its relatively low price tag (compared to some of the other d'Arenberg wines), it matures really really well. Now at the tender age of 11 years old, it show both great fruit and structure. Drinks very well now, but no rush if you have more (I don't). (525 views)
 Tasted by leungallan on 8/11/2011 & rated 93 points: Very awesome. Good value wine. Opened without pouring into decenter, after 30 mins, strong scent of berries, spices like cloves, cinnamon came out. Not much tannin left. It matchs so good with baked pork ribs. Though not much change and after taste, it's a very pleasant bottle of wine. (1415 views)
 Tasted by wkkan on 10/20/2010 & rated 89 points: Drank from a magnum which is a gift from the chateau owner. Popped and poured, beautiful floral nose. Silkly mouthfeel, a little sweet tannin, balanced with not excessive acidity. Medium length. Elegant, simple but excellent value. (1389 views)
 Tasted by sleepyhaus on 9/23/2008 & rated 84 points: Think that this is past its peak. Tasted tired and flat. Decent nose with plum and a bit of berry, but a slightly brownish color reflected what was really a rather brownish taste. If you have this I would drink it soon - or not at all. (2040 views)
 Tasted by wicozani on 9/2/2008 & rated 87 points: Medium-dark plum in the glass, the nose featured all manner of cherries (bing, sour, dark) amidst a strong melange of forest floor notes. Straight out of the bottle this was racy and juicy, fruit-forward, and with velvety tannins. However, after this had been opened for an hour, and drank over two hours, the freshness and fruitiness went away, substituted by an earthy, loamy, mushroom character with dark fruits. The bright acidity and juicy tannins were gone, as were most of the cherries. This leads me to believe that it may be just a bit past its prime, or the point at which I like to drink these types of wines. (1911 views)
 Tasted by DQuinn on 2/20/2008 & rated 91 points: Decanted 2 hours. A rusty plumb look with hints of port, dark fruit and candied citrus on the nose. Very well balanced, tannins and fruit work well. Dark fruit, pepper, a bit of sweet "something" and silky tannins on the mouth with a nice smooth finish. Carries fruit from start to the end. Drinks very well for the price (1824 views)
 Tasted by dirtyharry on 1/26/2008 & rated 87 points: Decanted for 1 hr. Dark purple,plummy, decent nose, not too complex on the palate. Moderate tannins. Overall, very good (1568 views)
 Tasted by godx on 12/23/2007 & rated 87 points: Popped and poured. Nice Rhone-like nose of dark cooked fruit with some smokey notes. Flavours of blackberries and over ripe cherries. A little acidic on the palate and througout the finish. Nice Aussie blend. (1633 views)
 Tasted by Mike Bates on 12/28/2006 & rated 87 points: Dark Purple in color, raspberry and pepper, a bit metalic. Nice acidity with a fairly short finish. Overall a nice example of a Rhone blend for the price. An excellent value. (2000 views)
 Tasted by PeterC on 11/12/2006 & rated 90 points: Dark plum in the glass. Heady aromatics of red and dark fruit dominated by dried herbs extend to the medium-bodied, velvety palate with plenty of upfront peppery spice. Perfectly balanced mild acidity and silky-sweet tannins carry the fruit through to a medium-long finish. Ready to drink and an improvement over the 2002. (2078 views)
 Tasted by gdbart on 10/6/2006 & rated 89 points: Deep purple, Dense red fruit, cough syrup nose
Dense, thick, syrupy red fruit, Big long flavor
Tasty but one dimensional (2007 views)
 Tasted by GraemeBell on 9/16/2006 & rated 85 points: Smokey tobacco and some bitter chocolate on the nose. Initially very acidic and hot on the finish although over time this softened. Think it needs more time and I wouldn't recommend drinking now. (2138 views)
 Tasted by GavinP on 7/30/2006 & rated 88 points: Initially whan poured straight from bottle was closed but by the following day had improved - will decant next time (or not drink so young). Full and nicely balanced with enjoyable spicy finish. (2193 views)
 Tasted by Seanthewineguy on 7/23/2006: Brought to Pierponts for a great dinner out with Tom and Eve-Lynn. Very tasty with my Lamb. (2164 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 10/17/2005: Big wine, 15%, fruit, pepper, tobacco. Taste more of the same, burn on back of throat, lots of tannin, licorice. (187 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By James Halliday
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (10/6/2005)
(d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121
(d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz/Grenache McLaren Vale) Subscribe to see review text.
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Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


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