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Last Dry Dam Riesling

d’Arenberg The Last Dry Dam Riesling

The Last Dry Dam Riesling  by d’Arenberg

In 1992 our neighbours built a dam in which no water lay, as it was dry winter. The next year it rained but the dam was jinxed and didn’t hold water. We still hold the blame. Some people mix the name around, calling the wine ‘The Dam Dry Riesling’, which in some years is truer than others.  A dry dam is bad news for our neighbouring farmers, but promises good results for our old, dry-grown, low yielding vines. The Last Dry Dam Riesling is a great wine from adverse times.

There was a sense of excitement amongst the winemakers as the fruit for the Dry Dam Riesling started rolling in during the early stages of vintage. The cooler ripening conditions were favourable for producing white wines of elegance, finesse and tenacity. We have just crept into July and that buzz seems well justified. Somehow, the 2017 edition of the Dry Dam appears to have settled quicker than most. Any ferment characters have hastily dissipated revealing a sparklingly clean and aromatic bouquet. Teeming with white flowers and granny smith, backed by a lovely core of lemon and lime. The sweetness on the palate is tempered by a sustained seam of perfectly pitched acidity. A sherbet like note is typical of classic Riesling years in McLaren Vale and is unmistakable in this wine. Not a hint of metallic hardness, the mouthfeel is so refined and balanced and truly has settled into itself in record time. Enjoy the heady yet delicate personality of this wine in youth or confidently cellar it, knowing, with time it promises even greater range and refinement.

Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, chilled, and then basket pressed. The fermentation was long and cool, and was stopped before reaching total dryness to ensure that residual sugar remains to balance the high mineral acidity.

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Producer: Colour: WhiteGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeAlcohol: 11%Vintage: 2017Grape Details: RieslingSKU: DAREN27

£16.49 a bottle

4 in stock



“d’Arenberg is an icon of the McLaren Vale, dating back to 1912. Chief winemaker Chester Osborn is the great-grandson of the founder, Joseph Rowe Osborn. Chester now oversees a stellar (and ever-expanding) range of strangely named and exquisitely crafted red and white wines.
The oldest of the d’Arenberg blocks were first planted in the 1880s with Shiraz, and still contribute to the wines today.”

South Australia

The McLaren Vale is predominately a red wine region, producing some of the best red wines in South Australia. Vineyards were first planted in the mid 1800s. One of the early pioneers Thomas Hardy established a business that evolved to BRL Hardy, one of the largest wine companies in the country. The region also has a healthy number of boutique wineries that consistently make fine wines and experiment with different wine styles. The climate is warm to hot with dry summers, and benefits from cooling breezes from the St Vincent Gulf. The main wine styles: Red – Shiraz (rich, ripe & generous), Cabernet Sauvignon; White – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

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