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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1999, IWC Issue #85, (See more on Vinous...)

    (d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings McLaren Vale) Subscribe to see review text.

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 15? points

    (D'Arenberg Ironstone Pressings (McLaren Vale)) A more mature colour than on my last tasting, which was five years ago. The nose certainly has interest - roasted meats and liquorice, although with a strange, confected, cough-candy aroma. The fruit has a baked, macerated edge to it (storage has been impeccable) and there is a slightly hot, feral, gamey, earthy, old coffee-ground character too. Soft and creamy on the palate, a touch blowsy perhaps, rather velvety in texture though, broad, big and ripe. There are firm acids behind it all, and a hard layer of tannins too. Like the nose, the palate shows a sweet and meaty character. This is fascinating too taste, although it is not a wine I am particularly enjoying. It doesn't seem to have come together in a very harmonious fashion; in fact, it seems to be all over the place. A rather reserved score.
  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2002, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (D'Arenberg Ironstone Pressings (McLaren Vale)) A gorgeous red-purple hue, plainly full of life. The nose is very expressive, although still somewhat dominated by the liquorice and coconut aromas of American oak. Sitting with this, though, there are piles of ripe, black fruits, some black pepper. With just a little air the Mourvèdre shows its stuff, with some gamy, wild animal aromas developing. It has a brilliant weight, with a good tannic structure which shows through on the end palate. Ripe blueberry and blackberry fruits again, although the fruit is less prominent in this wine, and there is a harder, coke and charcoal character to the mouthfeel, particularly through the endpalate. This is fantastic, delicious stuff.

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