Love Grass grows wildly in the vineyards surrounding the winery. During vintage, the sticky, long stemmed flowers of the Love Grass affectionately attach themselves to the vineyard workers’ socks. They even get caught in the coat of the winery dog, Coco, and have to be brushed out by chief winemaker, Chester Osborn. The additional varieties in this wine cling to Shiraz the same way that the Love Grass does, making a complex and food friendly Shiraz that is only found at the d’Arenberg cellar door and selected restaurants.
The aromas are complex and intriguing. Each time you put the glass to your nose there is something new to discover. For what was a ripe year the red and dark fruits are fresh and lifted with cinnamon spice and cured meat adding complexity. The palate is equally complex with plum, boysenberry and raspberry alongside more savoury characters of charred meat, black olive and dark chocolate. There is a lot to take in with no shortage of characters to uncover but chalky dusty tannins pull the wine into focus nicely and provide for a long finish. This wine is drinking well on release and could also be cellared for up to ten years.