Brooding and alluring, plum, blackberry, liquorice and spice entwine with a raft of dark, earthy notes.Learn More
Full bodied, with silky and delicate tannin. Earthy notes throughout.
Dark and brooding. The nose is a swirl of plums, blueberries and licorice allsorts. This smells deep and rich with layers of woody spices, antique furniture and game. There’s a powerful entry to the palate. Fruit richness is tempered by the gritty tannins and the mineral acid backbone. There’s old vine concentration mixed with a meaty, gamy complexity, layered with brightness and fleshiness. This wine finishes long and powerfully. It’s a wine that is drinking really well on release, but it’s also set for a fascinating journey over the next fifteen years and definitely a wine to be carefully cellared.
Walking the vineyard rows and tasting grapes, Chester Osborn classifies and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. Small batches are passed through a gentle crusher with some berries remaining whole 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. When tannin extraction is just right the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees to keep the wine fresh while also reducing the oak influence. There is no racking until final blending with no fining or filtering. Chester and the winemaking team undertake an extensive barrel tasting process to determine which blocks will be selected for these rare wines.
This part of McLaren Vale was originally known as Bellevue, which is French for beautiful view. The d'Arenberg winery, cellar door and restaurant is located in this region and the view from the property lives up to the name.