A lively, balanced wine full of peaches and cream, lemon zest and green apple.
Like an old friend, this wine is comforting, familiar, generous and without pretention. From your first swill to your last the bouquet and flavours will tantalise your tastebuds and warm your soul. Typical Chardonnay characters of stonefruit, pineapple, savoury spice and toastiness all play their role on the palate and aroma of this wine. Add to that the unexpected, but attractive notes offered by the small percentages of Viognier and Marsanne, ripe apricot, candied ginger, florals and nuts. Tempering this riot of flavour the fine citrusy acid introduces itself mid palate providing a refined freshness and persistent finish. Brunch, lunch, aperitif or paired with a fine meal, the Witches Berry won’t let you down.
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.