In 2006, Chester added a small parcel of Roussanne to The Stump Jump White. A wine journalist described him as a ‘wild pixie’ for concocting such a crazy blend. Taking that as a compliment, Chester went on to make an even more audacious blend with Roussanne, this time combining it with Shiraz.
Colour: This intensely-coloured wine is big in flavour, and personality
Nose: The nose is quite closed initially, but slowly evolves to reveal white pepper, cloves and five-spice
Palate: There’s masses of dark plums and mulberries, with some pretty serious tannin (thanks to the Roussanne). The finish is mouth-watering and long, with lots of spice, and lots of acidity. This wine has the depth, and structure, to age for quite some time.
Awards: Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards. 2019; 93, Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits Magazine
History of d’Arenberg
McLaren Vale is home to some of the oldest vines in the country, dating as far back as 1850. The Mediterranean climate, huge array of soil types and proximity to the ocean with the resultant cooling sea breezes make it an idyllic location for wine grape growing.
Since 1912 the Osborn family have tended vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Today fourth generation family member, Chester, makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery. Chester walks through the vineyards and determines the ideal picking time for each individual vineyard. d’Arenberg is one of the only wineries in Australia to basket press both white wines as well as reds, making for a labour intensive process, but the quality of the results makes this worthwhile as the action is controlled and extremely gentle.