2005 Parson’s Flat has a dense ripe cherry colour with a purple hue. The nose displays a concentrated array of mixed forest berries, smoky cigar box, spicy pepper, clove, caramel and mocha. An initial sweet concentrated explosion of luscious blackberry on the palate leads to savoury spice, coffee bean and liquorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is still evident, contributing some attractive leafy and spearmint/peppermint flavours. Firm and granular tannins leave the mouth with a persistent coating. A finely tuned blend that allows both varieties to express themselves.
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Full-throttle Shiraz are fashioned from vineyards owned by the Longbottom family. This is an unabashed, flamboyant, Aussie wine that is loaded with fruit, fragrance, glycerin, and intensity. This is the type of wine that Eurocentric wine tasters and condescending elitists tend to dismiss, but it is a fascinating effort the likes of which are made nowhere else in the world. There is certainly no shortage of flavor, and if you like your wines exuberant, flamboyant, and over-sized, this wine fills the tab, and then some.
Grilled or roast beef, bigbeefy stews, venison, Cheddar cheese.
Chester Osborn, the remarkable person behind this enormous array of both impeccably high quality and value-priced wines, deserves considerable accolades for what he is able to achieve at all price ranges. If you love Australian wines, d’Arenberg is a winery to seek out as these offerings all possess abundant soul as well as character. In short, the accolades that proprietor/winemaker Chester Osborn receives not only from The Wine Advocate, but virtually everybody in the wine world, are all well deserved.
The 2005 vintage is now showing deep red with a purple rim. The wine in its infancy still shows a lifted and perfumed nose with traces of red plum, blackcurrant and cracked red peppercorn.
The palate with all its freshness and luxurious, velvety tannins is so rich and concentrated, yet so reserved. It is a satisfying mixture of chocolate, aniseed and smoky oak. The copious layers are incredibly tightly bound and need time and careful cellaring to unleash the full potential of this wine.
The Henry’s Drive range reflects exactly the wineries approach to winemaking. The fruit is sourced exclusively and carefully graded with only the very best from small sections of the family vineyards in Padthaway.
Made with minimal intervention, each are single varietal wines of great length and longevity that are a true expression of their vineyard, region and variety. The vines are on average 13 years old, and grow in sandy loam over limestone on the hillside and in red loamy soil over limestone on the flat.
This range of wines reflects exactly Henry’s Drive Vigneron’s approach to winemaking. The fruit is carefully graded with only the very best from small sections of the vineyard being selected for Henry’s Drive. Made with minimal intervention, each are single varietal wines of great length and longevity that are a true expression of their vineyard, region and variety.
The 2005 Reserve Shiraz, made exclusively with fruit from our exceptional hillside vineyard in Padthaway, is supremely refined and elegant. The complex and intoxicating nose displays an abundance of violet and rose perfumed talc. Lively aromas of mint and eucalyptus, characteristic of a classic Padthaway Shiraz, fill the headspace. These aromas all evolve in the glass over time continuing to stimulate and impress. The seamless full palate from start to finish conquers your senses with luscious ripe blueberry and bramble blackberry fruit. Silky tannins and layers of creamy oak, spice, cedar and mocha truffle complete this stunning and superbly balanced wine.
Parson’s Flat plays homage to Padthaway’s early settlers with its classic Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet. The mail coaches of the nineteenth century not only carried mail, but also had an important function in connecting isolated country communities. It was not uncommon for the district Parson to use the coach system to visit and commune with his parish.
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