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The Wild Pixie Shiraz

d’Arenberg The Wild Pixie Shiraz

d’Arenberg The Wild Pixie Shiraz 94% – Shiraz, 6% Rousanne

In 2006, Chester added a small parcel of Roussanne to The Stump Jump White. A wine journalist described him as a ‘wild pixie’ for concocting such a crazy blend. Taking that as a compliment, Chester went on to make an even more audacious blend with Roussanne, this time combining it with Shiraz.

This wine is very tight and closed and may need decanting upon opening. It has vibrant red berry, ironstone and lifted spice aromas. The palate is fine and linear and finishes with mouth puckering tannin and crunchy acidity. This wine is built to last and needs some cellaring to reach its full potential.

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 and American oak to complete fermentation and matured for up to 12 months.

d’Arenberg The Wild Pixie Shiraz has an unmistakeable connection with the earth from which it emerged, and is the perfect accompaniment to a rustic BBQ cooked over a glowing campfire on a cold starry night. The flavours and aromas of earth, soot and game perfectly complement the setting. Dig deeper and find added complexities resembling rich, concentrated duck jus, quince paste and dried fig. Primary blackberry and mulberry notes appear as the wine develops in the glass. A generous warm wine with an abundance of savoury and dark fruits, completed by a fine emery like tannin trailing to subtle wood spice and vanillan notes.

A very different shiraz from the others in the range, but well worth a try.

To see our full range of d’Arenberg product go to https://www.auswinesonline.co.uk/product-category/darenberg/

For more information on the winery go to https://www.darenberg.com.au/

 

 

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeAlcohol: 14.2%Vintage: 2011/12SKU: DAREN34

£18.99 a bottle

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d'Arenberg

“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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