WHEN you enter the wine world producer d’Arenberg, certain rules and expectations seem to change.
Naming conventions to start, where wines are grouped as “socialites”, “stump jumps” through to the “artisans” and “icons” with individual wine names as mad as “Stephanie the Gnome with Rose Tinted Glasses” and “The Cenosilicaphobic Cat”.
With new labels recently designed and into the marketplace, what you see and what you get is a whole new set of thrills and spills as a consumer.
Across the board the red stripe remains the most recognisable branding device, and in the set of three icons, it remains as much the calling card as the reputation of benchmarks The Dead Arm Shiraz, Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon and The Ironstone Pressings GSM.
The latest batch is from the 2010 vintage and all sell for $65, which for their status is very attractive given the many big gun reds demanding $100 plus investments.
The 2010 vintage has produced some many are getting better and better as their concentration and power maturation. This is yet to unfold fully in the d’Arenberg The Coppermine Road 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is still tightly wound, the black berry and currant fruit compressed into a solid block while its secondary dark chocolate characters are now powering out of the glass.
If you open this now you are going to need a dinosaur steak to stand up to it, you’ll see something else.
The Dead Arm 2010 Shiraz again is deadly in its concentration and compression with some match and just appearing. It’s still all muscle, uncoiling will unearth a whole other beautiful beast.