d’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2015

While the d’Arenberg range grows ever larger, and radical pieces of architecture emerge from the landscape, and Chester’s shirts stay loud, and the Osborne’s of past look down and twist their beards, Ironstone Pressings is amongst about ten wines from the stalwart producer that you kind of know where it fits, and what it is, and where it will be. Grenache, shiraz, mourvedre chiming together once more.

It’s got this really lovely feel upfront, silky, medium weight, boysenberry ripple and a dash of earthy spice, but the finish piles on the grit and chew, a rugged slurry of tarry-black coffee tannins that drops your core temperature ten degrees in a minute. And a twist of lemon lingers. It’s pretty in perfume too, inviting, forest berry compote, mocha, liquorice, old wood. The palate is where the action is though, and though quite lovely, and for those seeking a bit of grunt, you might get past the way the wine doesn’t quite sync, but on the table, in the glass, today, and yesterday, the finish lets the wine down a touch. Still, there’s some pleasure no doubt.

Tasted : JUN18
Alcohol : 14.3%
Price : $65
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2028
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