Please re­lease me: the an­nual event worth wait­ing for

Western Times - - LIFE - WITH PETER CHAP­MAN PETERCHAPMANPW@GMAIL.COM

AUSSIE wine lovers soon come to re­alise that our lead­ing winer­ies show­case the very best they pro­duce each year with special an­nual re­leases. The qual­ity of th­ese top wines go a long way to de­ter­min­ing the over­all suc­cess of the win­ery, ei­ther re­in­forc­ing its rep­u­ta­tion or in­deed di­min­ish­ing it. For iconic McLaren Vale pro­duc­ers, d’Aren­berg, their sig­na­ture wines are led by their an­nual Icon re­leases.

Since 1912 the Os­born fam­ily have tended vine­yards in South Aus­tralia and now fourth gen­er­a­tion fam­ily mem­ber Ch­ester is charged with main­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing their hard-earned rep­u­ta­tion. The sig­na­ture that Icon re­leases must stand true to is for them to be pow­er­ful, com­plex and con­cen­trated, yet per­fectly balanced.

The Icons must also have a ca­pac­ity for longevity so when dusted off and re­moved from the cel­lar in 10 to 15 years they will re­flect a great wine that has grown in the bot­tle. This year’s Icon re­lease sees a 2014 Dead Arm Shi­raz, 2014 Cop­per­mine Road Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and a 2014 Iron­stone Press­ing Grenache Shi­raz Mourve­dre.

You can grab a bot­tle of the Iron­stone now, but you’ll need to wait un­til July for the Dead Arm, while the Cop­per­mine Road won't be on the shelves un­til early next year. For­tu­nate to get the chance for an early tast­ing of the three I can con­firm that Ch­ester has weaved some magic once again.

I rated the Cop­per­mine Road and Iron­stone Press­ing at 95/100, while the Dead Arm took the tro­phy with a 96/100.

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