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Dark Side of The Moon Shiraz 2019 + D'arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2018

Clare Valley + McLaren Vale
$189.00 /DOZEN

Dark Side of The Moon Shiraz 2019 + D'arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2018

Claymore the Dark Side of The Moon Shiraz 2019


Our crowd pleasing perennial favourite; elegantly structured with juicy, rich fruit. The 2019 vintage was our lowest yielding season in history and our dry grown vineyards struggled through to produce stunningly concentrated fruit. While restrained and shy in youth, we know this baby will open up with a few more months in the bottle to show its full promise!

So, come on and explore your Dark Side!


d'Arenberg The Footbolt Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2018

The Name
Joseph Osborn was a successful racehorse owner and Footbolt was the pride of his stable. In 1912 he made the hard decision to sell his horses to purchase the d’Arenberg property.

The Vintage
Quite a wet winter with July, August and September being way above average in rainfall. October, November and December were a little below average and January, February and March were more or less bone
dry. Temperatures were mild until late January, so vines seemed to be delayed and harvest appeared like it was again going to be late. However, a few hot days and nights brought the ripening forward with slight
sacrifice of acidity. The above average temperatures of February and March and the dryness made everything ripen relatively quickly. Yields appeared on the lighter side, because the heat and dry conditions did reduce them significantly, however they were still quite respectable across all varieties.

The Winemaking
Small batches of grapes are crushed gently and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending.
Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and then transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.

The Characteristics
A lifted, aromatic nose with luscious plum and red berry aromas. The palate is soft and cuddly and concludes with some firm tannin and acidity. There’s flavours of mulberry, pomegranate, dried herbs and earth, with a
finish that is a little wild and rustic.