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d`Arenberg 6 pack

d’Arenberg 6 pack – a fabulous case of the best wines, not a body description.

One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, cellar door and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant.

Joseph’s son Frank joined him on the land and they set about acquiring some more vineyards. Joseph Osborn died in 1921 leaving full control of the business to Frank.

In the early years grapes were sold to other wineries before the winery was built in 1927 shortly after Francis (universally known as d’Arry) Osborn was born.

Initially making fortified wines to export to England, the business prospered until World War II stifled demand. This coincided with Frank’s ill health which forced d’Arry to leave school in 1943 at age 16 to help his father run the business and work the land.

d’Arry took full control of the business in 1957 upon Frank’s death and in 1959 he launched his own wine label named in honour of his mother, Helena d’Arenberg, who died shortly after giving birth to him. d’Arry decided to put a red stripe on the label, inspired by happy memories of his school days at Prince Alfred College, where he wore the crimson-and-white striped school tie.

d’Arry’s son Chester joined the business in 1984 as Chief Winemaker and makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.

The d’Arenberg 6 pack is the ideal gift for friends and family for all year round.

For more details on the d’Arenberg wineries go to https://www.darenberg.com.au/

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

We change the constituents of this case on a regular basis as stocks change. However we always try to ensure that the case offers the best possible value and pleasure.

 

Producer: , Colour: Mixed CaseRegion: South AustraliaSKU: DAREN36

£96.95 £91.00 per case

Feral Fox Pinot Noir

d'Arenberg The Feral Fox Pinot Noir

d’Arenberg The Feral Fox Pinot Noir – Great easy drinking Pinot Noir

The feral foxes that inhabit the Adelaide Hills have developed an appetite for grapes and can often be found eating low hanging bunches during vintage. We’re not fussed though as these bushy tailed critters act as crop thinners and enhance the quality of grapes that are too high for them to reach. It also has the secondary effect of providing a natural source of fertilisation when the laxative nature of the grapes take effect on the normally carnivorous foxes.

The nose on The Feral Fox is extremely pretty. Florals and desiccated strawberries take centre stage with a hint of sweet spice and wild mushrooms offering added complexity. Light on its feet but all the same displaying good fruit intensity and a fine backbone of chalky tannins. Well etched acidity adds to the overall freshness and appeal. A wonderful compliment to antipasto platters and duck dishes or simply enjoy this fine wine on its own.

To make this wine small batches of grapes are crushed gently and then transferred to two tonne headed down open fermenters. About 15% whole bunches are added and it undergoes approximately three days of cold soak prior to wild fermentation starting. Foot treading is undertaken on a regular basis throughout fermentation followed by gentle basket pressing. The wine is then transferred to older French oak barriques to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The wine is aged on lees for added complexity with no racking until final blending. The Feral Fox Pinot Noir does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.

The wine has distinct characteristics. It is an assault on the senses led by an extremely hedonistic bouquet, bursting with cherry and strawberry notes. The purity of the fruit character is a feature and unmistakeably Pinot. The palate shows lovely medium bodied restraint but again is loaded with fruit characters including dark cherry, spice and a ripple of rhubarb. This is matched to a well etched acidity and velvety tannins.

Silky, sweet and pure, with vibrant cherry and red berry flavours and a brisk, juicy finish.

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/

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Money Spider Organic Roussanne

The Money Spider Organic Roussanne by d’Arenberg is a great example of a very French white wine now produced in Australia.

The first crop of Roussanne from the 2000 vintage was covered in a sea of tiny `Money Spiders` (Erigoninae). Popular belief is that kindness to these little creatures will bring good luck, hopefully in the form of money. Being nature – lovers and slightly superstitious, Chester refrained from sending the spiders to their death. Hence the first release of Roussanne was from the 2001 vintage, by which time the `Money Spiders` had learned their lesson and moved from the vineyard to the surrounding bushland.

This wine is straw yellow with a pretty green hue. It has aromas of citrus, pineapple and honeydew melon. The palate is textural and exotic and tastes of vibrant mango, papaya and green melon. Tangy acidity rounds out the wine beautifully and contributes to a long, spicy finish

The Money Spider Organic Roussanne from McLaren Vale is a perfect fusion on Old and New world winemaking.

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/

d’Arenberg has a long history of using different varietals and this is another great example.

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Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne by d'Arenberg

Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne by d’Arenberg, a white blend from this great winery.

Many of McLaren Vale’s vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature was the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little crustacean that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this, McLaren Vale’s first ever blend of Viognier and Marsanne. “Hermit” is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage, where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.

Wonderfully aromatic and covers a broad spectrum of characters from white stone fruits and citrus through to ginger, spice and raw nuts. The palate is equally as giving with good fruit generosity, well etched, crisp acidity and a super fine grapefruit pith like phenolic tail. The overall combination of these features deliver a fruit driven wine that tails off to a long, savoury and mouth-watering finish. 

Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne is a versatile wine that can be equally enjoyed on its own, aperitif style, or with a wide range of spicy foods, white meat and seafood focused dishes.

This is a wine that really does offer something for a large array of individuals, from someone purely interested in a nice drink to those seeking to explore the nuances of these “alternate” varieties. The Viognier certainly takes centre stage on the nose in the guise of stone fruits, candied ginger and florals. In the background for those keen on honing their senses, Marsanne adds slightly more exotic notes of green mango, hay and almond. The palate has a lovely medium bodied weight to it, without any of that oiliness that over ripe Viognier can deliver. Precise acid throughout and a mild pithy texture on the finish ensure freshness and spice to keep the sweetness of the fruit in check. Fruity and spicy yet dry make this an all occasions wine.

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/

 

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d'Arry's Original

d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache by d'Arenberg

d’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache from d’Arenberg, another legendary australian wine.

A classic blend of spicy, red berried Shiraz with juicy, fragrant Grenache.

Originally known as Burgundy this wine was made in honour of d’Arenberg principal, Francis ‘d’Arry’ d’Arenberg Osborn. It is the culmination of more than half a century d’Arry’s winemaking career at his family winery in McLaren Vale. d’Arry’s original blend, first launched some four decades ago, was as is it appears today- a blend of Shiraz and Grenache grown on d’Arenberg’s low yielding, 19th century vineyards. The d’Arry’s Original has enjoyed huge success at shows through the years and has been fundamental in building the reputation of d’Arenberg.

A winemaker’s favourite. Year in, year out this traditional Shiraz Grenache blend continues to deliver beyond expectation. 2015 is no exception. Depth of character on the nose is a feature with each subsequent sniff revealing something new. Dark, earthy Shiraz notes, complimented perfectly by fruit driven, pure Grenache. The palate is equally rewarding. Rich and powerful, but not in an overbearing way. The blend of the chunkier Shiraz tannins, interwoven with the more spritely Grenache tannins enhances the texture of the wine. Flavours seem to flow infinitely on the palate and acidity is on point. This wine will definitely benefit from decanting whilst young, but don’t be afraid to let it age a few years yet in a well-conditioned cellar.

Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.

The d’Arrys Original is a crowd favourite for more than sentimental reasons. 

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/

 

 

6 in stock

Last Dry Dam Riesling

d'Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling

The 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.

This is an immediately drinkable Riesling. Granny Smith and Nashi pear to the fore. A spattering of lemon and lime and that ever-present hallmark of sweet but tangy sherbet. The off-dry sugar level adds juiciness to the mid-palate and the fine and well-etched acidity, whilst supple throughout, provides a crispness and persistence on the finish. Fun and frivolous, but also quite stylish and refined. Suitable to be enjoyed chilled in youth, yet delivering a promise of something more evocative and complex with a few years careful cellaring.

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.

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/

 

 

 

 

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d'Arenberg Love Grass Shiraz

Love Grass Shiraz by d’Arenberg made from grapes sourced from McLaren Vale.

Lovegrass is a weed that grows in the vineyards and its sticky flowers affectionately attach themselves to vineyard workers’ socks. This Shiraz will linger with you in the same way that the flowers do!

The nose evokes all those childhood memories of picking wild blackberries, mulberries and raspberries, complete with woody spice and brambly notes. The palate shows further layers of complexity woven through the sweet berry fruits. Earthiness shines through, perhaps even a suggestion of rich beef reduction, leather and walnut. Chewy tannins complete this generous and complex wine. 

Dark brooding fruits, dried herbs and spice contribute to the nose of this easy drinking red. The palate is round and delicious with abundant red currant, mulberry and plum. The tannin is firm but not over-bearing, resulting in a wine that is delicious and comforting.

Love Grass Shiraz is a pleasure to match with all kinds of rich, meaty dishes.

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/

 

A wet winter ensured good sub soil moisture and set up the vines well with healthy canopies. Spring was very dry with above average temperatures, a heavy downpour in January was a welcome relief. Mild conditions during the ripening period produced wines that show an abundance of spicy fruits with great colour and richness. Vintage started on 30 January, the earliest start on record by one day.

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.

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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

South Australia is the largest wine producing state of Australia. It may be surprising to most that the Riverland region is the state’s largest grape producing area. The Barossa Valley is famed for its full-bodied, rich, ripe and generous reds. The Coonawarra is internationally renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon (and prized ‘terra rossa’ soils). Padthaway, McLaren Vale, and the Clare Valley all make major contributions, and the importance of the Adelaide Hills is rapidly increasing.

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