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D'Arenberg Riesling Mclaren Vale the Noble 2002

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Chester was the first to pioneer this wine style in McLaren Vale. He experimented with this luscious style of dessert wine in his first year as winemaker here at d’Arenberg in 1984 after a degree in Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College and a stint traveling around some of the winemaking districts of France. The Noble Riesling came about as a result of a series of viticultural coincidences in the vineyard which causes the mould ‘Botrytis Cinerea’ to grow on selected grapes and areas of the vineyard which have been subject to humid conditions. Generally, this is the result of geography and indeed some of our best botrytis fruit comes from friends and neighbours vineyards which are very low lying. The harvest date is critical – too late and the fruit can become washed out, too early and the fruit will not have fully developed the degree of Botrytis Cinerea which we require. Harvesting occurs up to three times over the vineyard depending on the site. We need fully infected bunches and berries, and this is pressed and fermented at the winery. Typically this is the last parcel of fruit that the cellars receive - as late as July in some years. The fermentation is typically fraught as the high sugar content of the fruit can sometimes inhibit the yeasts from initiating the fermentation. There are some vintages when we have received parcels of Botrytis affected Semillon or Gew�rztraminer. Hence we have periodical releases of Noble Semillon and Noble Traminer Riesling. Chester's Tasting Notes: The Noble Riesling typically exhibits ripeness and richness of flavour and an overall intensity which, combined with balancing acidity results in a rare wine with extraordinary characters of lemon, peach, tropical citrus and honeysuckle, as well as quince, cumquat, marmalade and dried apricot characters. Serving and Cellaring Suggestions: Serve Chilled below 8 �C. now or over the next 2-12 years with fruit, delicate seafood and with pate or oysters, as a dessert by itself or with almonds and bleu cheese.

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d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Compris... Read more
d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Comprising of the Dead Arm, the Coppermine Road and the Ironstone Pressings, this range represents the pinnacle of d’Arenberg’s efforts. Century old, low-yielding vines produce intensely flavored fruit which is traditionally vinified and undergoes rigorous barrel-selection prior to classification. Chester's Champions The Lucky Lizard, The Twentyeight Road, The Last Ditch, The Money Spider, The Feral Fox, The Sticks & Stones, The Derelict Vineyard, The Cadenzia, The Galvo Garage, The Laughing Magpie Since the early 1900’s, d’Arenberg has pioneered innovative wine styles and varietal plantings. Chester’s Champions represent d’Arenberg’s most exciting new ventures, offering an eclectic alternative to the known and loved bastions of the portfolio. The Classic Red Stripes The Dry Dam, The Broken Fishplate, The Olive Grove, The Hermit Crab, The Custodian, The High Trellis, d’Arrys Original, The Love Grass, The Footbolt. The Classic Red Stripes represent the backbone of the d’Arenberg range. Considered the epitome of d’Arenberg’s style, they are a reflection of skillful winemaking and unique terroir – regionally expressive, fruit-forward and approachable. The Stump Jumps Stump Jump White, Stump Jump Red, Stump Jump Shiraz Named after an important South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough, these wines are typically light- or un-oaked, offering a fresh, approachable view of McLaren Vale’s premium varietals. Read less

Member Reviews for D'Arenberg Riesling Mclaren Vale the Noble

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Snooth User: joshparent
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5.00 5
01/29/2008

Hands down this is one of the boldest and most intriguing desert wines I've ever tasted. Very reminiscent of the Aszu wines from Tokaji. Hints of sweet apples and raisins. Spectacular.


Snooth User: Oldbridgecellars
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5.00 5
12/16/2008

Five glasses



Chester was the first to pioneer this wine style in McLaren Vale. He experimented with this luscious style of dessert wine in his first year as winemaker here at d’Arenberg in 1984 after a degree in Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College and a stint traveling around some of the winemaking districts of France. The Noble Riesling came about as a result of a series of viticultural coincidences in the vineyard which causes the mould ‘Botrytis Cinerea’ to grow on selected grapes and areas of the vineyard which have been subject to humid conditions. Generally, this is the result of geography and indeed some of our best botrytis fruit comes from friends and neighbours vineyards which are very low lying. The harvest date is critical – too late and the fruit can become washed out, too early and the fruit will not have fully developed the degree of Botrytis Cinerea which we require. Harvesting occurs up to three times over the vineyard depending on the site. We need fully infected bunches and berries, and this is pressed and fermented at the winery. Typically this is the last parcel of fruit that the cellars receive - as late as July in some years. The fermentation is typically fraught as the high sugar content of the fruit can sometimes inhibit the yeasts from initiating the fermentation. There are some vintages when we have received parcels of Botrytis affected Semillon or Gew�rztraminer. Hence we have periodical releases of Noble Semillon and Noble Traminer Riesling. Chester's Tasting Notes: The Noble Riesling typically exhibits ripeness and richness of flavour and an overall intensity which, combined with balancing acidity results in a rare wine with extraordinary characters of lemon, peach, tropical citrus and honeysuckle, as well as quince, cumquat, marmalade and dried apricot characters. Serving and Cellaring Suggestions: Serve Chilled below 8 �C. now or over the next 2-12 years with fruit, delicate seafood and with pate or oysters, as a dessert by itself or with almonds and bleu cheese.

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