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D'Arenberg - The Innocent Weed GMS 2020 D'Arenberg - The Innocent Weed GMS 2020

D'Arenberg - The Innocent Weed GMS 2022

What's better than a classic Australian GSM blend?

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Varietal:Red Blend

Varietal Blend:Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre

Unit Size:750ml

Alcohol Volume:14.5%

Region:McLaren Vale


Tasting Notes

Innocent weed is far from innocent. Favouring the same sandy soils in which our Grenache thrives, its seeds are covered in very sharp thorns that stick to passersby and spread throughout the vineyard. Without the use of herbicides, these plants and others that continually grow add organic material to the earth, increasing the microflora to foster a healthier, ‘alive’ soil. This in turn means better grapes, more reflective of the terroir. A classic, juicy, generous Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz blend. Red fruits are the forerunners at this stage with fresh raspberries and cherry liqueur on the nose, pomegranate and rhubarb on the palate. Interesting spicy and herbal notes linger in the background adding interest. The palate is round and generous but with a taught line of acid that adds crunch and freshness and gently accentuates the fine pithy tannins. Beautifully balanced, youthful and lithely.

Technical Info



Organic Certification:NASAA - 5403P

Country of Origin:Australia

Serving Temperature:18-20C°C

Drink By:2028

Wine Ageing:12 months in French oak

Winemaking Style:Traditional

Harvest:Yields were down significantly, the lowest in memory, however, but quality was exceptional.

Winemaking:Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters. Foot treading is undertaken two-thirds of the way through fermentation, the wine is basket pressed to wood.

Viticulture:Solar power, recycling, downgauging the plastic wrapping by 70% and natural disease control. Pests and diseases are managed with careful monitoring and by reducing canopy and crop densities to minimise the use of organic fungicides and pesticides. Native plantings and insects are encouraged. Along with Australia’s First Families of Wine, committed to reducing carbon emissions and reaching net carbon zero targets by 2035.

Food Pairing:Coq au Vin, Beef bourguignon, Lamb tagine, Ratatouille, Grilled steak with Chimichurri sauce, Spaghetti bolognese, Roasted duck breast with Cherry sauce, Pork ribs with Barbecue sauce, Mushroom risotto, Moroccan Harira soup.

Reviews and Accolades



The Real Review - Gabrielle Poy

Smoky and spiced aromas cover all the fruits: red, blue and black with a lovely violet lift. The palate is fleshy with pleasing inky tannins that give structure. It's very ripe and warming but with a lovely sense of freshness

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D'Arenberg, an iconic Australian winery in McLaren Vale, has a rich history dating back to 1912 when it was founded by Joseph Osborn. The current custodian, Chester Osborn, is known for his exuberant personality and dedication to crafting exceptional wines. Chester's passion and innovation have been instrumental in the winery's success. His philosophy, follows traditional winemaking practices, including basket pressing and foot treading during red wine fermentation. They also prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices. They have achieved a 93% score on Eco Tourism's Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard, focusing on environmental impact, sustainable management, cultural influences, and socio-economic factors. D'Arenberg is committed to becoming net carbon zero by 2035, with a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. They've installed 300 kW of solar PV generators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The winery also dedicates land to native scrubland conservation, emphasizing biodiversity and sustainability.

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