D’Arenberg, which was established 1912, produces this outstanding wine: The Sticks and Stones.
I paid about £14 for it, but it got “Great Gold” ad the Concours mondial de Bruxelles 2007 and “Blue Gold” at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2008. The Sticks and Stones is a mixture of Tempranillo, Grenache, and Shiraz from the d’Arenberg winery in the McLaren Vale in Australia.
With 14.5% alcohol volume it is a heavy, first taste sourish but later very smooth dark red wine!
The bottle and website describes the name as coming from:
The inspiration behind this name came from the age-old proverb ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ The unusual and quirky names that d’Arenberg’s range of wines has never done the winery any harm. We also do use sticks (vine cuttings) planted into stony soils to produce the grapes that result in this wine.
The winery uses concentrated bunches of Tempranillo, Grenache and Shriaz and crushes them gently, in a rubber-toothed crusher, and ferments them in small batches in traditional headed-down open fermenters. The maturation takes place in French and American oak barriques for 12 months.
The wine has a youthful floral aroma of red rose buds plus cut flower stems, spiced fruit, stalks, violets and dried herbs (Oddbins). I find it a rather heavy body wine, with fruit jams, cranberries, plums, boysenberries and blackberries, dried fruits and tannins. It is, and my wife loved that, very juicy wine.
Definitely a must buy and highly recommended.