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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 11 
TypeRed
Producerd'Arenberg (web)
VarietyShiraz
DesignationThe Footbolt
Vineyardn/a
CountryAustralia
RegionSouth Australia
SubRegionFleurieu
AppellationMcLaren Vale
UPC Code(s)767749002039, 9311832347005

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2019 (based on 10 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.7 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 40 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by nocoretiree on 5/10/2015 & rated 89 points: Same notes as 2-6-14, less essentially:
Have never had a bad or even mediocre D'Arenberg wine and this is no exception. This is a full-bodied, bowl of inky black fruit red wine that would pair with spicy or grilled fare. Let it breathe and decanted and it opened up nicely. D'Arenberg reds are best not drunk young, they are concentrated/fully-extracted wines and even the cheaper ones will benefit from a year or two aging. This one is drinking well just now, but worth letting breathe a bit. (106 views)
 Tasted by brottman on 4/26/2015 & rated 84 points: You can really taste the peppery heat, which seems to overpower any of the other subtle flavors. After a couple hours it settled down, but it certainly isn't an elegant Shiraz. (174 views)
 Tasted by randy80831 on 3/24/2015 & rated 89 points: Very earthy nose with a hint of black pepper and spice. Taste of dark, red fruits with a very well balanced tannic structure. Just the right acidity to bring everything else into balance. A medium finish. Excellent wine for the price point. (285 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 2/7/2015 & rated 88 points: Friends brought this to our 2/7/15 Australian Rhone tasting. It had a ripe, slightly reticent bouquet of plum, blackberry, toast, pepper and spice aromas. The palate was ripe, dry and a little simple with flavors that followed the nose. Our group’s average score was 89.6 points. (430 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 9/17/2014 & rated 86 points: dark red in color. blackberry, earth, raspberry, on the nose. blackberry, spice, pepper, bitter fruit, oak, on the palate. high acid, high tannins, on the finish. (627 views)
 Tasted by Wine Poor on 5/26/2014 & rated 89 points: We Drank this on its own. It was very enjoyable drinking. Smooth with notes of cherry and some baking spices. (1052 views)
 Tasted by OLMouse on 5/19/2014: Очень тёмное; рубиново-фиолетовая кайма. Нос - пряности, джем. Кислотность ниже средней. (809 views)
 Tasted by Korolev_mv on 3/15/2014 & rated 85 points: Зеленое вино! Возможно потребуетмя 2-3 года для раскрытия. Пока сырое. Хороший аромат, но ярккое алкогольное послевкусие. Весьма сбитый вкус, неточный аромат. (1130 views)
 Tasted by jeffyboy on 3/4/2014 & rated 88 points: Australia in Winecorner March 2014 (Winecorner - wine shop, Bialy Kamien, Warsaw, Poland): Good, soft, delicate and bit spicy. Taste: balanced acidity and sweetness. Nice important tannins. Blackberries and morwa. Good one. (1324 views)
 Tasted by nocoretiree on 2/6/2014 & rated 89 points: Have never had a bad or even mediocre D'Arenberg wine and this is no exception. This is a full-bodied, bowl of inky black fruit red wine that would pair with spicy or grilled fare. Let it breathe and decanted and it opened up nicely. D'Arenberg reds are best not drunk young, they are concentrated/fully-extracted wines and even the cheaper ones will benefit from a year or two aging. This one is drinking well just now, more recent vintages may be a little too tight. (1020 views)
 Tasted by Rayden on 12/15/2013 & rated 88 points: First opened, it was too bitey, even with aeration but after a day was much, much better. No longer a 'cheap wine'. Still a 'bit hot' but a very reasonable value for the price. Some light caramel and commercial fruitiness and a classy dry finish. (893 views)
 Tasted by tschneid on 12/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Last bottle was disjointed with flavors of fruit and spices fighting each other. This bottle was much better with flavors of vanilla, black cherry and spices blending nicely. (751 views)
 Tasted by mreinitz on 10/29/2013 flawed bottle: Our last bottle of this was good, but this one was corked. (992 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 10/9/2013: D'Arenberg - McLaren Vale.: Originally called 'old vine.' A tribute to the racehorse that bought the original farm.
More fruit and less eucalyptus than the Custodian or d'Arrys. Med/- or med tannin. Again, clay-y tannin. Done in wax lined concrete tank. 25 basket presses for everything. Including stump jump. (960 views)
 Tasted by ViticultureShock on 9/8/2013 & rated 89 points: Well integrated with soft tannins right out of the bottle. Pleasant red fruit. Drink now or let it sit for a couple of years and see what happens. (879 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 8/31/2013 & rated 85 points: A little more definition than I was expecting, and it's not terrible, but still a little hot, sharp, and meh. (782 views)
 Tasted by startinoz on 7/5/2013 & rated 90 points: The $15 South Australian shiraz market is ferocious. This is a rather bland example. Plum and regional chocolate. The 2009 was much better. Lacks acidity and real character and quality. Next. (930 views)
 Tasted by Brettski80 on 4/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Tasted alongside 2009, and the 2010 has softer tannins and less a less acidic dominance. Jammy red capsicum on the palate and in the colour with a beautiful balance and broad complexity for its price tag. Medium yet sweet finish, and a few years ahead, but why wait, its a D'Arenberg favourite. 5 star winery, 5 star wines! (1082 views)
 Tasted by graemeg on 11/6/2012: {screwcap, 14.1%, A$13} White pepper and spice nose. Decent whack of ripe blueberry and blackberry fruits; fairly soft tannin, modest acid; a medium-bodied quaffer with very little residual sugar, thankfully. Fairly short finish too, but what do you expect for the money? Slam it down and don't leave any in the cellar. (1190 views)
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By James Halliday
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (8/28/2012)
(d'arenberg the footbolt mclaren vale shiraz) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2012, IWC Issue #163
(d'Arenberg Shiraz The Footbolt McLaren Vale) Subscribe to see review text.
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d'Arenberg

Producer website | Wine Doctor.com profile

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d'Arenberg Shiraz The Footbolt

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.

Shiraz

Varietal article (Wikipedia) | Varietal character (Appellation America)

Australia

Wine Australia (Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation) | Australian Wines (Wikipedia)

South Australia

South Australian Wine Industry Association | South Australian Wines (Wikipedia)

Fleurieu

Fleurieu Wineries & Cellar Doors (southaustralia.com)

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale (McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism)

(Hastwell & Lightfoot webpage)

 
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