88 Points Robert Parker
The big, dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 The Footbolt Shiraz possesses plenty of camphor-infused blackberry fruit along with underbrush, licorice, and earth notes. As with most of the d'Arenberg reds, the oak is kept well in the background. With medium to full body, and excellent texture as well as richness, this 2000 Shiraz will drink well for 5-7 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. October, 2002
The Footbolt Old Vine Shiraz is name after a successful race horse owned by Joseph Rowe Osborn. Winnings from 'Footbolt' and others enabled Osborrn to purchase the already established Milton Vineyards for his son, Frank in 1912. Today these vineyards are still an integral part of the d'Arenberg estate, and this wine is made from some of the grapes from the vines purchased by Joe almost a century ago.
The Footbolt Shiraz palate is consistently well structured with terrific fruit and totally integrated oak tannin providing great texture to support plum, blackcurrant and rolling blackberry flavours especially on the mid-palate. Often dark chocolate characters are quite evident too. This is followed by a traditional, long, velvety, fine grained tannin finish.
The hallmarks of McLaren Vale, d'Arenberg, and The Footbolt Shiraz; a soft, rich middle palate, terrific texture and a long rolling finish, can reside with this wine for a number of years, even decades, as more than four decades of previous vintages have shown.
Serving and Cellaring Suggestions:
Serve at room temperature 16 – 24 ?C. now or cellar for the next 2- 20 years with many types of food, especially hearty stews, rich pasta dishes, roasted and grilled meats including poultry and other white meats. Also goes well with slightly hot or spicy dishes and with hard- pressed cheeses. Serve after decanting as an older wine.
Source: d'Arenberg Winery. Parker's review of this wine can be found on eRobertParker.com.