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2012 D'Arenberg Grenache "Custodian"

Winery: D'Arenberg

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Custodian"

Wine Category: Grenache

Grape blend: 100% Grenache

Region: McLaren Vale

State or country: Australia

Price: $20

Cases produced: 600

KWG Score: 89.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: October 30, 2015

Wine Review: This Grenache from down under is a fruit bomb. It opens with a blueberry and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, juicy and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a tasty red plum with notes of strawberry and red cherry. There is also a hint of minerality and oak in the background. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are sticky and linger for quite a while. This Grenache needs food with a little fat. I would pair it with pot roast. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: It can be hard to find a wine that will appeal to casual wine drinkers looking for something fruit driven and light on its feet, but also to more serious wine connoisseurs, who value subtle complexities and an ability to age. The 2012 Custodian offers just that with its pure fruit characters of mulberry, plum and blueberry complimented with a range of more savoury flavours, such as beetroot, cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate, while displaying great depth, is medium bodied and svelte. It is defined by velvety tannins that turn slightly gritty towards the finish, guaranteeing the wine's longevity.

Organic status: not organic

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