Please release me: the annual event worth waiting for
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.