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d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay 2004

Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • RP89
  • CG89
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Upon immediate release, The Olive Grove Chardonnay is a slightly green, brilliant mid-straw color and typically exhibits attacking, fresh and lifted melon complex fig and cashew aromas. These are based on smells of apples, limes and pineapples. Traces of vanillin yeast autolysis smells give creamy and bready hints as well as some smoky & cedary touches. The youthful palate is clean, direct with limey peach and rockmelon flavors balanced by fresh grapefruit and light butter... View More

Critical Acclaim

RP 89
The Wine Advocate

CG 89
Connoisseurs' Guide

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d'Arenberg

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d'Arenberg, , Australia
d'Arenberg
One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus... View More

Known mainly for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines...

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Known mainly for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albarino and [Verdejo] dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. [Rioja] is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha ([Grenache]), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. [Ribera del Duero] produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. [Priorat], a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena ([Carignan]) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. [Sherry], Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in [Jerez]. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.