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d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 1999
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d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 1999

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In its youth, d'Arenberg's Ironstone Pressings has a deep, dark plum purple colour matched by just as intense black cherry, raspberry, spice, cedar, dark chocolate, liquorice, tobacco, mixed spice and brooding ripe blackberry aromas. Mulberry, ripe plum and fresh pepper spice dominate the rich full bodied palate before a long, intense, rolling, dark gritty cherry tannin finish. After quite some time in bottle the intense colour fruit aromas and dusty gripping tannins tone down, the colour moving towards brown ruby red. Eventually the Grenache and Shiraz blossom as rich, sweet, violet like scents, with spicy, cedary and tobacco based aromas before malty sweet dark chocolate flavours and crunchy, chewy textured black olive, spicy ginger and long fleshy textures.
Wine Advocate
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The proprietary blend of 70% Grenache (80-year old vines), 25% Shiraz, and 5% Mourvedre, the 1999 The Ironstone Pressings was produced from yields of .5 tons per acre. It is a fabulously serious, concentrated effort with a dense ruby/purple color, great intensity, and a sweet perfume of black cherry liqueur intermixed with blackberry, kirsch, and pepper characteristics. Opulent and seamless, with layers of flavor, this classic effort can be drunk now and over the next 18 years.

Robert Parker, October 2002
Wine Spectator
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Firm texture, with a gamy edge to the ripe cherry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, which echo nicely on the sturdy finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Best from 2004 through 2008. 1,000 cases imported.

Harvey Steiman, September 30, 2002