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29th June, 2021

July d’Arenberg offer

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A changing world

Since our last newsletter we now have a new trade deal between Australia and the UK. We think this is great news but just wanted to let you know what that means for the price of Australian wine in the UK. Sadly it is not a lot, it will only affect the duty on the wine  and is unlikely to reduce the price by more than 10p per bottle.

We have listed below the wines which are new to us this month and the new offers including the d’Arenberg offer.

Our winery of the month this month is d”Arenberg and you will find a lot of information about the winery below. 

We are still not getting the uptake for the input of telephone numbers we would like so you will find below real examples of situations we have had difficulties to resolve since our last newsletter.



New wines added in June and July offers

New wines and gins this month

Tyrrells Wines Rufus Heathcote Shiraz, stunning, our drink of choice at the moment Old Winery Chardonnay, Shiraz or Pinot Noir, Great easy drinking value wines

Never Never Gin Aussie gins with recipes on their website

Driftwood Estate Artifacts Meritage Red, a great blend and Artifacts Petit Verdot, (sometimes called Durif)

Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rose

July offers

During July you can get 10% off all d’Arenberg wines. To get your discount just enter daren10 in the coupon field when requested on the checkout page.

For all other offers:



Our Winery of the month is d’Arenberg


From entry level to iconic, all d’Arenberg wines have been basket pressed, reds and whites, with all red ferments foot trod during fermentation. Walking the vineyard rows and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, then transferred to five tonne headed-down open fermenters, all batches remain separate until final blending. The red wines are foot trod two thirds of the way through fermentation, and then basket pressed. d’Arenberg is one of the only wineries in Australia to basket press both white wines as well as reds, making for a labour intensive process, but the quality of the results makes this worthwhile as the action is controlled and extremely gentle. White wines are basket pressed before fermentation to ensure no colour or tannins are extracted from the skins, and the reds are pressed afterwards. After pressing, reds are transferred to barrel to complete fermentation, and then aged on lees to slow aging and keep the wine fresh, while also reducing oak influence. All parcels remain separate until final blending, an extensive barrel tasting process is undertaken to determine the final wine. There is no racking until final blending, and the wines do not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.

White wine style. Varietally expressive wines, with lifted aromas and delicate bouquets. Full flavoured, elegant and balanced, with bright, fresh acidity giving way to a long, lingering finish.

Red wine style. Sophisticated, fragrant, fruit flavoured wines with excellent palate texture, free of excess oak. Long, lively, gritty and youthful tannins full of fragrant fruit and mineral notes, melding seamlessly with complex spice, game and earthy body.


Pete’s introduction to d’Arenberg


Brian and I bought our wine shop, Wine Buffs Ltd, in 2013 and added Australian Wines Online to our portfolio the following year. Since then we have closed the shop but  Australian Wines on line has gone from strength to strength. I had been drinking d’Arenberg for a long time before we ever acquired the shop and until very recently had a good stock from last century. My first bottle being a bottle of Dead Arm which I found staggeringly good. It came from Odd Bins which some of you might remember and the explosion of flavours I tasted was second to none I had experienced thus far. Shown alongside is one of only four bottles in my personal stash from those days – a bottle of 2005 complete with dust. The labels have changed since then but the wine produced today is still as great as it ever was. One nice thing about this wine is that it drinks well when released but ages superbly too and therefore it appeals to those who like their wine young and those who like to “lay some down”. I enjoy it with strong meats.

Australian Wines Online c/o Wine Buffs Ltd, 19 Hurleston Way, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6XN

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