d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2016
|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
James SucklingA cherry-flavored nose that also offers up aromas of blackberry pie, cedar and spices. Medium to full body, grainy tannins, lots of fresh blue and black fruit and a chewy finish. Drink in 2021.
Wine SpectatorA big mouthful of chunky, rough-and-tumble tannins provides a firm backbone to the blackberry, blueberry and dried cherry flavors, with shades of cedar and dried herb adding complexity. Delivers plenty of charm amid the tannins. Drink now through 2035.
Wine AdvocateSome lots that were blended into the 2016 The Footbolt Shiraz were co-fermented with white grapes-not just Viognier but also Marsanne and Roussanne, according to Osborne. The wine is cedary and minty on the nose, hinting at dark fruit, like plum and black cherry. It's medium to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a bit of date-like dried fruit on the palate, while the dry, dusty finish hints at vanilla.