D'Arenberg the Olive Grove Chardonnay Mclaren Vale South Australia Screwcap 2008

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In less than three decades, the viticulturists of McLaren Vale have gained an enviable international reputation for Chardonnay. d’Arenberg was amongst the pioneers of this variety in McLaren Vale, releasing its first bottling in 1984. The appearance is pale with a brilliant straw colour and clear hue. The aromas are fresh, tight and light. The dominating notes are of melted butter and popcorn, white peach stones and nectarines. As the wine opens there is a mix of ripe red apple, spices, cinnamon and citrus, with a hint of oak. The palate is soft and very refreshing though its weight is quite deceptive. With characters of green melon rind, ripe fig and ripe apple, it has a moderate level of concentration, depth and persistence to the finish. The level of fine acidity suggested by the noticeable mineral notes really suppresses the level of ripeness, but also suggests the wine needs time to develop. This is a lovely dry, medium bodied wine that is most enjoyable now and will continue to develop further complex fruit and bottle age characters over the next 8 to 10 years from release.

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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 the Olive Grove Chardonnay Mclaren Vale South Australia Screwcap

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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
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3.00 5
10/12/2011

A deeper and heavier creaminess to this wine compared to other Australian Chards I have tasted. A bit oily on the palette, yet citrus notes are still present and the acid is a bit high (pay attention Sauv Blanc-lovers!) A bit zesty on the palette with a smooth finish



In less than three decades, the viticulturists of McLaren Vale have gained an enviable international reputation for Chardonnay. d’Arenberg was amongst the pioneers of this variety in McLaren Vale, releasing its first bottling in 1984. The appearance is pale with a brilliant straw colour and clear hue. The aromas are fresh, tight and light. The dominating notes are of melted butter and popcorn, white peach stones and nectarines. As the wine opens there is a mix of ripe red apple, spices, cinnamon and citrus, with a hint of oak. The palate is soft and very refreshing though its weight is quite deceptive. With characters of green melon rind, ripe fig and ripe apple, it has a moderate level of concentration, depth and persistence to the finish. The level of fine acidity suggested by the noticeable mineral notes really suppresses the level of ripeness, but also suggests the wine needs time to develop. This is a lovely dry, medium bodied wine that is most enjoyable now and will continue to develop further complex fruit and bottle age characters over the next 8 to 10 years from release.

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