A lively, balanced wine full of peaches and cream, lemon zest and green apple.
A Chardonnay of great drinkability, this is a really fun example of this versatile variety. This wine is a blend of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills fruit and it takes the best from both worlds. The McLaren Vale components contribute ripe stone fruits and generous tropical characters, from Frangipani on the nose to Mangosteen and fresh zingy pineapple on the palate. The cooler climate Adelaide Hills portion lends the wine a beautiful lemon zest acid line and great length which keeps all the heady tropical characters in check. Time in small format oak barrels with extended lees contact give a textural mouthfeel and brings to mind hints of almond butter and toasted nuts. In an inspired and unique blending twist, a small percentage of Viognier and Marsanne have been included in this blend and round out the palate with hints of apricot and baking spices.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, chilled and then transferred to specially designed 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 the wine is fermented and matured in old French oak for seven months. None of the white wines at d'Arenberg are subject to malolactic fermentation as we aim for the retention of fresh, natural acidity, which is integral to the balance and longevity of the wine.
Chester Osborn & Jack Walton
Witches Berry is a weed that grows in the vineyards. Italian women once put the juice of the berry in their eyes which dilated their pupils, making them appear darker and more beautiful.