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2013 D'Arenberg Grenache "Custodian"

Winery: D'Arenberg

Vintage: 2013

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: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: April 2, 2017

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Grenache from Australia opens with an inviting blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a chalky mineral infused juicy black plum with notes of red raspberry. I also detected hints of oak and boysenberry. The finish is dry and its acidity and fruit linger nicely. This Grenache is quite quaffable and food friendly. I would pair with a tangy pulled pork sandwich. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of black forest berries, woody spices and soil like notes slowly give way to brighter undertones of raspberry, blueberry and florals. The palate tells a slightly different story with a raft of red fruit characters such as raspberry and stewed rhubarb paired with an almost cranberry like acidity. The combination of red fruits, crisp acidity and vibrant tannin gives an overall impression of freshness and youth, and indicates that this wine will evolve elegantly over the next 5 to 8 years, growing in richness, roundness and complexity as it does so.

Organic status: not organic

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