Region: McLaren Vale
This is a wine that displays the characters of its wine maker. Chester Osborn just might be the most iconic wine figure in the McLaren Vale region. Known for his loud shirts and eccentric personality, his wines are to McLaren Vale as Penfolds is to the Barossa.
d’Arenberg, a lot like Penfolds, makes a wine to fill every bracket and budget. The “Footbolt” fits into the lower priced category. However, has a long history of displaying the true characters of the McLaren Vale Shiraz at a reasonable price.
The wine itself shows a nose of ripe cherry, rhubarb and hints of licorice and spice.
True to the iconic reputation behind its allegiance to the McLaren Vale region, this wine is backed up with the hints of pepper and spice along with herbaceous flavors and a prominent tannin.
Dominant tannin has never been my thing. I prefer a wine that is balanced between its fruit and oak, with tannin only playing a minor role. However, when dealing with McLaren Vale Shiraz, you will often find that their tannin sits more on the forefront than taking a back seat. Some people prefer this in wine style, others like myself do not.
Never-the-less, I respect what the Footbolt resembles to the region. There are many more wines on their extensive list that I prefer, but this wine does resemble the region and does it well. Hence its notoriety in the region. Like its maker, it is not ashamed to tell you what it is all about.
Drink now to 2022
It Scores a 91/100
The SA Wine Guy