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d’Arry’s Original

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!

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