My parents have been visiting for the last couple of weeks. During that time much good wine has been consumed, and my only regret is that I haven’t had time to make notes about it here. Somehow when the revelries start it’s difficult to drag yourself away and write a review of the bottle you’re currently drinking.
One beauty that’s worth mentioning though is the 2001 d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original. (C$19.95, LCBO 942904). This is a Shiraz/Grenache blend from Australia’s McLaren Vale. Bought just before Christmas at the recommendation of the local LCBO wine consultant, I tasted it then, and liked it so much I went back and bought a case to cellar.
The label claims it a "benchmark for McLaren Vale and Australia’s rich and generous traditional wines." Boy, does it deliver. Highly extracted, with a big nose of fruit, alcohol, and a little caramel. Flavours of raspberry and juicy cherries. This is a plush, and luxurious wine suitable to accompany a seasoned roast, or for just sipping by the fire with strong cheese on a cold winter night. It’s a total pleasure from the moment you nose the first glass.
Parker gives it a 90, and writes "A great value, the 2001 d’Arry’s Original Shiraz/Grenache (equal parts of each) exhibits a dense ruby/purple colour in addition to a sweet, peppery nose of kirsch liqueur, blackcurrants, licorice and earth. This richly fruity, nicely textured, plump, hedonistic red will provide immense pleasure over the next 5-6 years."
If you can find any of this where you live, pick some up. It’s excellent!