d'Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin
|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
Upon release this wine exhibits a deep appearance of vibrant black, crimson-purple mousse with a fine persistent bead that looks simply inviting. The aroma is initially restrained but as it opens up the level of fruit richness and concentration becomes quite obvious. The aromas are dry, dominated with a mix of liquorice and spiced plum pudding notes with a sweet seductive array of small red berries such as mulberries and raspberries. As the wine further opens up really super concentrated red fruit characters develop such as maraschino cherry, prune juice and boysenberry. The palate is cool, rich and dry and extremely refreshing with an abundant red fruit flavours, mixed with dried herb notes and edges of tarry tannins and mineral-like acidity. The finish is dry but with plenty of strong red fruit flavours that linger for some time, which is just what a wine with this sort of concentration should have. Delicious drinking now but this wine has the capacity to bottle age, in which the level of richness will increase as the fruit and tannins further combine. If drinking now, it works a treat with anything from a rich spicy dish such as a curry that has plenty of heat, or just on its own.
Off-dry fizz has deep red color, and appealing grapey, spicy, slightly herbal flavors that linger modestly on the finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases made.