This wine is named in honour of d’Arenberg’s principal, Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, universally known as d’Arry. d’Arry’s Original – called d’Arry’s Burgundy in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s (in the days whe...
James Halliday 91
Wine & Spirits 93
It is purple-colored with aromas of violets, meat, black cherry, plum, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, it offers plenty of spicy red and black fruits, silky tannins, and good depth.
This wine is perhaps a little old-fashioned, as it doesn’t have an individual concept name like all the others. Up until the 1950’s, all of the Shiraz was used for producing a Port styled wine hence the near original label has been retained for this wine for posterity. The wine has a very deep black appearance with a wonderful crimson deep cherry red hue. Intense aromas of ripe, blackberry fruits, liquorice appear first followed by prune-like notes with deep spicy plum pudding characters. As it opens, deeper blackberry mulberry fruits with anise evolve combined with a lifted (and slightly read more...‘taily’) brandy spirit which is most appealing. The initial attack of primary fruit flavours, combined with the integrated, unwooded brandy spirit ensure the palate is full-flavoured balanced with very fine, almost tea-like tannins and the dry impact of the spirit. Just wonderful! With significant bottle age, ‘The Vintage Fortified’ made with Shiraz gains extraordinary complexity. The intense young colour becomes a lighter, more ruby-red initially, then quite amber. Fruit and brandy spirit integrate further, making way for whiffs of roses, chocolate/walnut, coffee and orange/cumquat peel smells. The palate becomes more balanced and develops further complexity with notes of caramelised figs, dark chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla mixed with tobacco-like flavours with a finish that’s very soft and delicate. (hide)
Sunday Times(From 2007 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Sunday Times on 07/01/2009