d'Arenberg The Wild Pixie Shiraz 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
An internationally award-winning shiraz. Yep, we can wax lyrical about this wine and it’s prestige. However, we really love it for the idiosyncratic leap it takes out of the glass, enveloping you with a whirl of aromas. Shiraz made in this way, elevates from the stereotype. Think of it as classic McLaren Vale shiraz, that threw on an expensive perfume. How does that happen? Well, there’s an old-school French winemaking technique at play here. Done with so much deftness, it heightens the aromatics beyond ‘just another shiraz’ to a place of pure enticement. Inky in colour, it’s rich, yet far from heavy, this slinky shiraz moves to reveal dark berry fruits, a hint of liquorice and classic mouth puckering tannins.
“Inky black wine; complex and interesting with earthy spicy aromas and great palate texture with mouth-puckering tannings. Excellent attention to detail here.”
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- McLaren Vale
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 93% shiraz, 7% roussanne
- Serving Temp.
If you were going to have a conversation about cultural Aussie icons, the list might go like this: Dame Edna, Kylie Minogue, Vegemite, oh… and d’Arenberg. Founded by John Osborn in 1912, this family owned producer has gone from strength to strength in the past 100 years with an enviable reputation as one our country’s finest establishments. A proud 5 red star stalwart that’s celebrated locally and Australia wide, d'Arenberg is famous for its impressive range of premium wines that span 24 varieties, in particular their rich selection of reds. Spearheaded by Chief Winemaker and Viticulturist Chester Osborn – the winemaking philosophy at d’Arenberg is focused on minimal input, meaning no irrigation, no fertilisation, minimal spraying and no soil cultivation. With over a century of passionate winemaking in their history, the Osborn family show no signs of slowing down, continuing to produce exceptional wines the only way they know how - the d'Arenberg way.
McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.