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The Twenty Eight Road Mourvedre

The Twenty Eight Road Mourvedre by d’Arenberg

d’Arenberg The Twenty Eight Road Mourvedre

Twenty Eight Road acts as the eastern boundary of the Osborn vineyard and the d’Arenberg winery. Most of the grapes for this wine are sourced from a 3.6 acre block of bush vine Mourvèdre that runs parallel with the road. The vineyard was planted in 1918 by the first and second generations of the Osborn family.

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 and transferred to a mixture of old French oak to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees , there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.

Released slightly earlier than normal, The Twenty Eight Road allowed us to capture the youthful essence of this bright, fragrant wine. The nose is brimming with sweet red fruits, raspberry, cherry and rhubarb. An undercurrent of dried herbs and iodine sheds light onto the complexities that are likely to develop. The palate is youthful and pleasantly light on its feet. Firm but fine tannin’s add grip, without overwhelming the fruit. The acid line is precise and mouth-watering. A sprightly and completely drinkable expression of Mourvedre. It will continue to reward with careful cellaring

The Twenty Eight Road Mourvedre by d’Arenberg is precise and pure. An exquisitely aromatic expression of Mourvedre displaying lifted raspberry, provencal herbs and spice notes. Further exploration of the palate uncovers mild pencil lead and iodine flavours adding complexity and life to the red fruit and spice. The mouthfeel is sleek and stylish. Vibrant acidity and lacy tannins enrobe the elegant fruits ensuring one glass will never be enough.

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Producer: Colour: RedGrape: MourvedreRegion: South Australia, Clare ValleyAlcohol: 14.5%Vintage: 2014Flavours: , , , , , Grape Details: MourvedreVinification: One third aged in new and older American and French Oak barriques for 9 monthsTasting: On the Nose: More perfumed than previous vintages with a greater intensity of lifted spices. An exotic white & green pepper character and hints of summer flowers float over the primary fruit aromas of ripe mulberry, cherry and black currents. With breathing time, an intense beef stock and bush tomatoes/ wild plum character evolves with a herbal edge. On the Palate: Gives an impression of softness with ripe plummy fruits balanced with elegant dry powdery tannins and elevated acidity. The finish is power and structure. Its long firm and tannin dominated with spicy bush tomato chutney, roasted capsicums, minerals and iodine, dried herbs and violets.SKU: DAREN33-1

£21.00 a bottle

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“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

Vineyards were first established in the mid 1800s. Some of the early winery names, Wendouree, Knappstein and Quelltaler are still in the region. Nowadays there is a mix of very large companies and a significant number of boutique wineries. The climate is regarded as warm, but there are variations due to altitude. The main wine styles: White – Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay; Red – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon.


Mourvedre (or Mataro) was another grape used in Australia’s bulk wines during the 1960s. Mourvedre has since been rediscovered for its fabulously rich, spicy old-vine/bush-vine wines. The Barossa Valley has some wonderful examples of this variety which should be treasured for their history and for their spice and liquorice concentration.

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