d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2009 (Australia) Rated 94+WA
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Wine Advocate Review
The 2009 Ironstone Pressings GSM is a blend of Grenache (67%) Shiraz (27%) Mourvedre (6%) (planted in 1918). Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is just a little restrained, offering notes of earth and tar over dark chocolate, blueberries and black cherries plus a whiff of prunes. The full bodied palate is wonderfully concentrated and structured with tons of savory fruit balanced by crisp acidity and a firm level of chewy tannins. Its finish is long and layered. Drink it 2013 to 2022+.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Review
Glass-staining ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes red berry liqueur, cherry-cola, smoky Indian spices and mocha, with a sexy overlay of dried flowers. Sappy, penetrating and energetic on the palate, which offers fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a sweet rose pastille nuance. Dusty tannins add shape to the finish, which repeats the cherry and floral notes. This should age very well.
Wine Enthusiast Review
A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, this is much more firmly tannic and structured than most such Australian blends. Grilled meat, red plum, black tea and rose hip notes are crisp and firm on the palate. Drink 2015-2023, and possibly beyond that.
Wine Tasting Notes
On the nose we are struck by the typical dark fruits that drinkers of this wine have come to love and expect. Plums, mulberries, fresh soil and more developed peaty like notes are all apparent, with an underlying lick of exotic Indian spice. An abundance of fresh fruits on the palate marry well with the more complex characters of quince paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and earthy beetroot. Driving the core of the wine is that vintage trademark in the form of graphite and wet stone. This wine, while appearing open and generous already, will continue to age well thanks to the lively line of acidity and the abundance of fine gritty tannins.