Wine d'Arenberg, "The Footbolt" Shiraz, 2011
Reviews of purchase d'Arenberg, "The Footbolt" Shiraz, 2011
The wine is rich and dense purple.
Fruity taste of wine, nice and bright, has a refined structure, very lively acidity and generous mineral nuances. The finish is long. With age, the drink will become even more complexity and nobility.
Aromatic bouquet of wine abounds with an incredible amount of tones of ripe fruit and berries (mulberry, black plums), which are complemented by a pretty powerful nuances of spices and fresh pastries.
In order to best enjoy this wine, it is recommended to decant before serving. Wine blends well with hard cheeses, pasta, roasted and braised red meats and spicy dishes.
Title "The Footbolt" wine obtained in 1996, before it was known as "Old Vine Shiraz", and it was the first wine, the label which was indicated "Old Vine" ("old vine"). When the term was widely used, Osborne decided to change the name. The founder of the winery "d'Arenberg" Joseph Osborn was a successful racehorse owner and racer Futbolt was proud of Joseph. In 1912, Osborne took the difficult decision to sell the horses from their stables and do wine. Wine "The Footbolt" - a tribute to Joseph and his prize horses.
Surprisingly rich, juicy, round wine "The Footbolt" part of the line of red wines, called "The Three Musketeers", which comes with a red sash Musketeers on the label with a 60-ies of XX century. "The Musketeers" - is the heart of the winery "d'Arenberg", its past and present. They exhibit great varietal characteristics and features of the terroir, regularly getting into the lists of the best wines in the world.
Vintage "Futbolt" 2011 is considered to be an incredibly refined. Winter and spring were marked by moderately rainy weather. Summer temperatures were very soft and gentle. Harvest in the vineyards ripe healthy and fresh. The grapes were harvested from 3 February to 16 April. Grapes are gently crushed in small batches, and then fermented in large five-ton containers. Then mash pressed down, left dobrazhivat and after gently pressed. Shutter speed is held in the new and old barrels of French and American oak. Before bottling the drink is not filtered and clarified. Wine storage capacity is at least 10 years.
History "d'Arenberg" - one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale - began in 1912 when Joseph Osborn purchased 25 hectares of vineyards in the hills north of Bellevue. Son of Joseph - Francis, increased the area to 78 hectares of vineyards and, before the end of construction in 1928, private wineries, harvest sold to local winemakers, and later established his own production of dry red and fortified wines.
His son - Francis d'Arenberg Osborne, known as d'Arrest, 16 years after leaving school in 1943, joined his father, and in 1957 completely took over the management of a winery. In 1959, he launches under its own brand "d'Arenberg", named after his mother - Frances Helena d'Arenberg. Wine immediately received cult status from connoisseurs, critics and judges. In 2004, Francis d'Arenberg Osborn was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to the wine industry in the region McLaren Vale. Francis is very proud of its achievements in the creation of great wines, commonly known as "red band" because of the distinctive red diagonal stripes, which adorns the labels of wines "d'Arenberg".
The representative of the fourth generation - Chester d'Arenberg, after graduating from college Rouzvort and gain practical experience in a number of Australian and European wine regions, took the reins "d'Arenberg" as chief winemaker in 1984. He immediately began to return to the traditional practice of family vineyards growing grapes: at minimum cost and without artificial pollination, irrigation to the extent possible, with very low yields. Winemaking processes of the past have been preserved, unique wines are made in small batches and perfectly convey the nature of class and a true taste of the region's wines Valley McLaren.
"Chester Osborn, as the creator of the wide range of wines, other than impeccable quality, almost deserves credit for what he has managed to create in this price range. If you are a fan of Australian wines, wines D'Arenberg - this is exactly what we should endeavor, since that can offer you Osbournes has a broad mind and the same character. In short, praise, which the owner of the winery and winemaker Chester Osborn receives not only from the magazine The Wine Advocate, but in reality, and from all over the world completely deserved "- Robert Parker," The Wine Advocate ", August 2003.