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d’Arenberg Sticks & Stones Tempranillo, Grenache, Tinta cao, Souzao 2010

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d’Arenberg has recently given many of their wines a fresh, slick new look and The Sticks and Stones 2010 is now sporting distinctive new togs.

An allsorts bag blending Spain (Tempranillo and Garnacha/Grenache) and Portugal

(Tinta cao and Souzao) goodies all grown in the McLaren Vale. The Osborn family were one of the first to plant Tempranillo in McLaren Vale and to give it due respect.  While the Spanish companions are a traditional pairing, the addition of the Portuguese grapes are definitely not traditional in a table wine but this is a confident blend and it certainly works here.

On the nose, the blend is a layered meaty red berry, plum and cinnamon oak concoction. On the palate though, the d’arenberg team do their magic with old barrels to preserve the facets of personality and the vibrancy of these varietals.  Smooth and polished with juicy bright fruit and finely grained tannins.  Sticks & Stones finishes with nuances of cola and cloves on the finish.

Date: 1June 2013 & 10 November 2014   Price:  $30    Value: $$$   Drink: Now – 7+ years

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