I’ve had this one before and has been consistently quite good. Out of the bottle this had quite a bitter taste to it. Decanting 45 min fixed this and left what I have come to expect from this wine which is a well mannered smooth lovely wine deserving of an 89-90 rating. This wine has a medium finish to it. I quite enjoyed it. I paired it with a Mediterranean sausage and asparagus and it went fine with it. Day two paired it with smoked salmon, red fish, red wine. And it was even better the second day!
From the LBCO web site:
D’ARENBERG THE CUSTODIAN GRENACHE 2006 McLaren Vale South Australia TASTING NOTE: Deep red. Very fresh aromas of raspberry cherry and blackberry. Smooth and seamless with deeply concentrated nicely focused red fruit flavors no apparent tannins and slow-mounting sweetness. I suspect that some Old World palates will find this a bit lacking in nuance but I really like its freshness and clarity of fruit. Score – 90. (Josh Raynolds International Wine Cellar Sept./Oct. 2008) 713040 $21.95 Featured 3/14/2009