d’Arenberg Custodian 2009

d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, The Custodian, Grenache 2009 The nose features d'Arenberg Custodian Grenachesweet, lolly-like berry notes that follow through in the mouth. The flavor profile is driven by the fruit, emphasizing the grapes in the vineyard while the texture is quite silky with a little warmth – very nice.

The wine was aged in older American and French oak barrels for 9 months. Winemaker Chester Osborn. Grown, produced and bottled in McLaren Vale, 15% a media sample, available online for $20 at Old Bridge Cellars.

Visit the winery online at d’Arenberg.  Visit them in South Australia if you are in the neighborhood.  They’re not far from Adelaide and the range of wines is quite delicious. Though I’m naturally biased after my visit to the cellar door during my stint at Uni Adelaide, they really do have a wide range of fans around the world – it’s not just me waiving the flag.

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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