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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

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

£93.94 £89.00 per case

The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc

The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc

The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc by d’Arenberg

Despite being a good match for fish, the name has nothing to do with them! A fishplate is a term for the metal plates that collect grape bunches on a harvester, and often break when navigating around the steep, windy vineyards.

An incredibly intense aromatic display of lifted gooseberry, kaffir lime, and freshly cut pineapple entices you to keep your nose in the glass where subtle hints of crushed lemongrass, and just-snapped snow pea also start to emerge. This symphony of aromatics literally leaps out of the glass at you. The mouth-watering palate is driven by tropical fruit characters which dance in step with an extreme linear acidity that keeps all of those heady flavours in balance, wrapped tightly together on a long and fine finish. Enjoy this wine chilled, in its youth, with intensely flavoured Asian spiced dishes. Or simply open a bottle anytime you want to feel summery.

The fruit for this wine is sourced from the cool climate Adelaide Hills. Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, chilled, and then transferred to stainless steel basket presses. Gentle extraction of the juice is critical in these early stages to retain the delicate fruit characters. To add complexity and mouthfeel, a small percentage of the wine is partially fermented in aged French oak for two to three weeks.

The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc  is both luscious yet focused with fresh mineral vibrancy that you get from cool climate Adelaide Hills fruit. A Sauvignon Blanc for those who want to be intrigued by the second glass; a luscious mid palette with a long, focused mineral finish.

10 in stock

Lucky Lizard Chardonnay

d'Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay

d’Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay – Great Australian Chardonnay

The fruit for this wine is sourced from the cool climate Adelaide Hills. Small batches of grapes are crushed gently, chilled and then basket pressed. To add complexity and mouthfeel the wine is fermented and aged in aged French oak for 7 months. During the summer, native Bearded Dragon Lizards fine their way in to the grapes destined for the winery. Luckily for the lizards, the gentleness of our crusher allows them to pass through the ordeal slightly shaken, but unharmed.

The wine has a flourishing bouquet with flashes of pineapple, pear drop, honey suckle, raw cashew and a hint of seaspray. In youth there is a reasonable volume of fruit, although the palate still manages to appear taught with a sorbet like freshness to the acidity. Flavours err on the savoury side, preserved lemon, spice, cold stone with just a ripple of lemon butter. The finish has a beeswax nature to it but once again the perfectly pitched acidity and slightly saline tail will urge you to take another sip. Fresh and savoury in youth, promising to deliver even greater complexity and texture with time

In this vintage the Adelaide Hills had good winter rainfall, and early bud burst in the first week of September. It was a mild to warm spring and very dry all the way through to harvest. Despite the dryness through the growing season, stress levels were in check thanks to those good winter rainfalls. Thanks to the dryness, there was minimal disease pressure. The result was good cropping levels with great fruit quality. Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot all fared very well, showing mesmerizing aromatics, good depth of flavour and lovely mineral acid profiles.

To make this wine small batches of grapes are gently crushed before being pressed in specially designed stainless steel basket presses. Gentle extraction of the juice is critical in these stages to retain the delicate Chardonnay characters. Fermentation took place in old French oak barriques with no malolactic fermentation. 15% of the final blend underwent wild fermentation in barrel. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending.

Lucky Lizard Chardonnay – fortunate for us as well.

 

6 in stock

Stump Jump Riesling/Marsanne/Sauvignon

Stump Jump Riesling/Marsanne/Sauvignon

This is a fresh, lively medium dry white wine on the palate and already shows a lovely viscous character, then the nuttiness of the Marsanne, while the finish is dominated by the slight talc and sweetness of the Sauvignon Blanc. These flavours are balanced by integrated acidity that doesn’t interfere with the fruit or flavours.

5 in stock

The Footbolt Shiraz

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz

The Footbolt Shiraz by d’Arenberg named after the decision in 1912 by Joseph Osborn, who was a successful racehorse owner and Footbolt was the pride of his stable, to sell his horses to purchase the d’Arenberg property.

McLaren Vale through and through! Here is the epitome of great Shiraz from our world renowned region. This is a wine that seduces. The nose is loaded with black pepper and baking spices. Liquorice and aniseed aromas are lifted by bucketloads of red and black plummy berry fruit. It’s not just fruit and spice on the nose here though. This is a complex wine showing fresh mushroom and forest floor characters with subtle hints of aged oak and scented glimpses of seasoned leather and pipe tobacco. The seduction continues on the palate with a foreboding rush of dark fruit, blood orange, charcuterie, and peaty earth. All wrapped around a robust concentrated core of chewy, round tannin. This vibrant tannin line carries through to a long, spicy, mineral finish.

The Footbolt Shiraz is a wine any lover of Shiraz will happily be seduced by.

 

16 in stock

d'Arry's Original Grenache Shiraz

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

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.

The structure and dark, earthy flavour of Shiraz, paired with the fragrance and pure fruit of Grenache are the hallmarks of a great d’Arry’s Original. 2013 is no exception, if anything this vintage looks bigger, darker and more concentrated than most with ripples of gritty tannin. Some sound advice would be to open this wine an hour or two before imbibing to allow the Grenache to impose its charm upon the more brooding, quintessentially McLaren Vale Shiraz. The final impression will be an infusion of ferrous and spice notes, a hint of woodsmoke and a generous volume of succulent black and purple fruits.

The d’Arrys Original is a crowd favourite for more than sentimental reasons. The 2013 version has a lifted bouquet full of mixed fruit and baking spices, complimented by ever so subtle fresh leather and sandalwood notes. The palate is surprisingly quite elegant but again the complexity of flavours really sets it apart as a wine. There is a wonderful balance between acid and fruit sweetness that leaves this wine right in the zone. Whilst the fruit adds generosity, the fine acid sits it up in the palate giving lovely shape which translates into freshness. The tannins also, whilst playing a role, are beautifully integrated leaving us with a fine drying sensation onto which the remnants of fruit cling. Undoubtedly one of the best value wines in the d’Arenberg stable, a level of sophistication rarely seen at this price point. Sure to please in youth yet with a promise to develop ever greater range and refinement.

 

4 in stock

The Cenosilicaphobic Cat

The Cenosilicaphobic Cat

The Cenosilicaphobic Cat by d’Arenberg.

As a child Chester had a cat named Non Alcoholic Booze, which the family shortened to Booze when they discovered that he enjoyed red wine. The concerned Osborn family refused to let him drink it, so consequently Booze lived a frustrated life, suffering from a monumental case of Cenosilicaphobia (the fear of an empty glass).

A provocative wine that will both challenge and reward. We have patiently given this wine the time it needs in bottle to allow it to relax somewhat. Gently opening its clenched fist to reveal the first signs of mid palate succulence. During this period of maturation, the flavour profile has developed significantly, now displaying an array of dried fruits… prune, raisin and muscatel, matched with walnut, straw, sun baked earth and fresh leather. Passing hints of perfumed flowers a throwback to its more youthful days. Whilst the mid palate has eased somewhat, the tannin structure remains true to Sagrantino form, firm and savoury, like ultra-fine emery paper. That’ll get the mouth-watering. As far removed from a sweet, oaky style as one could imagine. A little taste of the Old World from the heart of McLaren Vale.

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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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