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The Love Grass Shiraz, d'Arenberg

The Love Grass Shiraz, d'Arenberg 2013

McLaren Vale

Australia

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Product details

  • Winemaker

    Chester d'Arenberg Osborn and Jack Walton
  • Variety

    Shiraz
  • Love Grass grows wildly in the vineyards surrounding the winery. During vintage, the sticky, long stemmed flowers of the Love Grass affectionately attach themselves to the vineyard workers’ socks. They even get caught in the coat of the winery dog, Coco, and have to be brushed out by chief winemaker, Chester Osborn.

    The additional varieties in this wine cling to Shiraz the same way that the Love Grass does, making a complex and food friendly Shiraz that is fresh and lively, black and red fruits, pepper, clove and cinnamon. Ensure you take a moment to savour this wine and its complex mix of fruits evolving from tight and linear at first to rich, dark and exotic.

  • Alcohol

    14.5%
  • When to drink

    Drink now or keep for 2-3 years
  • Bottle

    75
  • Style

    Warm & Spicy Red
    • Screwcap

Press ReviewPress

Mid-crimson and Bright colour; a bright, effusive and quite pure red-fruited bouquet, with the palate delivering an even, fresh and finely detailed finish; unencumbered by heavy handed winemaking, with plenty to like.

James HallidayThe Australian Wine Companion

If you like your reds bigger and bolder, the enigmatically-named The Love Grass Shiraz d’Arenberg might just tick the box. Produced by the charismatic and colourful Chester Osborn, world-famous for his loud shirts, the wine is as colourful as the maker. All his wines have a name and a story – this one’s a rich, abundantly fruity Shiraz, given added spice and freshness by a tiny dollop of Viognier , and named after the long, sticky wild grasses that grow in the vineyards, and attach themselves to the vineyard workers ankles. Bursting with cardamom-spiced blackberry fruit, with hints of licorice and dark chocolate, it’s a velvety delight to soothe chilly nights – perfect with slow cooked lamb shanks, warming winter stews, and spicy curries.

Angela MountBath Magazine, November 2016

Winemaking

Walking the old Shiraz vineyards and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches are crushed in the Demoisy open-mouthed, rubber toothed crusher and then trans-ferred to five-tonne headed-down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken on most parcels two thirds of the way through fermentation. When tannin extraction is just right the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees to keep the wine fresh while also reducing the oak influence. There is no racking until final blending. Chester undertakes an extensive barrel tasting process to determine the final blend. The Love Grass does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling which may result in a harmless deposit in or adhering to the bottle.

Food recommendation

Red meat such as beef roast or a cooked rib-eye

  • Vintage

    2013
  • Producer

    d'Arenberg Wines
  • Additional Varieties

    3% Viognier, 3% Merlot, 2% Pinot Noir, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Tempranillo, 1% Sagrantino, 1% Cinsault, 1% Souzao, 1% Tint Cao
  • Closure

    Screwcap
  • Case Size

    6
  • SKU

    A7376113

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