Wise Wine Review:

d'Arenberg The Footbolt McLaren Vale, South Australia Shiraz 2006 (click for more info)
Taste Score = 8/10 Points
Cost Score = 9/10 Points
Overall Score = 8.25/10 Points (Additional stats below)




What's with the funny name of today's selection?

"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 the stables and the horses to start d�Arenberg, so it is only fitting we pay homage to Joseph and his prize horse Footbolt."



But how does it taste?
Only one way to find out... Let's get down to drinkin'!

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Wine Geek Vintage Info:
"The quality of vintage 2006 was very good across most varieties with fruit characters noticeably fragrant with good acidity and excellent length.

Average winter rain followed by heavy rains in spring resulted in vines with healthy, balanced canopies. A mild, early summer leading into a warmer period during veraison stopped vegetative growth allowing vines to channel energy into the fruit. A prolonged cool period occurred in February with some rain which enabled the fruit to ripen without stress. The warmth returned in March with cool evening temperatures to complete ripening in almost perfect conditions, enhancing fruit flavour and richness without diluting levels of natural acidity. Picking was staggered with many parcels picked in wonderful autumn conditions."



Stats:
Producer: d'Arenberg
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Shiraz
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: 7.3 g/L
pH: 3.38
Production:
Alcohol %: 14.5
Aging: 20 months in new and older American and French oak barriques including casks.
Cost: $15/bottle (Get your own bottle!)


Wine Whore Score:



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Let's take a closer look...


To the eye:
Eerily deep black cheery hue.



To the nose:
Like opening a cedar chest containing intricately woven sweaters piled upon leather jackets.



On the tongue:
Fruit and cherries seasoned by a pinch of nutmeg.


For only $15, this wine is a strikingly great value!


Get yourself a bottle and experience it firsthand!

Cheers!



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