d'Arenberg The Custodian McLaren Vale Grenache 2012
In 2012, d’Arenberg celebrated 100 years of family ownership. Established in 1912 by Joseph Osborn, the d’Arenberg story began with the purchase of a picturesque property atop one of the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. d’Arenberg now exports to over sixty countries and is one of Australia’s most revered wineries, with two wines in the Langton’s Classification of Australia Wine and a top rating in the Australian Wine Companion. Leading the celebrations in 2012 is the current Managing Director, 84 year old d’Arry Osborn OAM.
During the vine pull scheme of the early 1980's d'Arry Osborn refused to touch his old Grenache vineyards. When his son Chester started in the business as Chief Winemaker in 1984 he set about acquiring more old vine Grenache grapes and vineyards at a time when it was considered un-fashionable. Today d'Arenberg is the keeper of nearly one third of McLaren Vale's old bush vine Grenache and has earned the title of 'Custodian' of the variety.
Ah, how much is this wine worth when d'Arenberg has two '12 Single Vineyard grenaches at $103 each? A more difficult question for those single vineyard wines than this, which is a drop-dead bargain, its purple fruit flavours given shape and persistence by fine-grained, savoury/earthy tannins and 9 months in used oak. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2022; Price: $18; Date Tasted: Jan 2015; Alcohol: 14.6%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian
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