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D'Arenberg - The Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Adelaide Hills
  • Wine Maker: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn & Jack Walton
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.2
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 86 (2015) VS: 91 (2014) WS: 87 (2015) WE: 88 (2012) D: 91 (2015) JH: 90 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Fresh strawberry and raspberry notes waft from the glass with another layer ofearthy leafiness revealed as the wine opens up.The palate is packed with fruits of the forest which are harmoniously balancedby more complex layers of cocoa powder, damp earth, white pepper and asubtle cigar box characters. The tannins are vibrant and fine, lingering for a longtime with traces of ripe strawberry clinging willfully to them.Clearly a good vintage, the pure fruits drive this wine. More layers of complexityare revealed as the wine opens up, making for a rewarding drinking experience.

Winery Information


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 on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)86 pts

Aug 17 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Feral Fox Pinot Noir is scented of red cherry tart, raspberry preserves and red currant jelly with hints of menthol, violets and garrigue. Medium-bodied with oodles of freshness and approachable, chewy tannins, it has a lively backbone and minty lift on the finish. Drink Date : 2017 - 2020.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)91 pts

Deep red. Spice-accented black raspberry and cherry cola scents are complicated by hints of candied flowers and allspice. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering lively red and dark berry flavors along with suggestions of mocha and anise. Open-knit, accessible and seamless in texture, delivering strong finishing punch, even tannins and strong persistence.

Wine Spectator (2015)87 pts

Dense and concentrated, with touches of orange peel against the dark berry and fleshy plum notes. Loamy and firming up on the peppery finish. Drink now

Wine Enthusiast (2012)88 pts

The ample alcohol in this wine imparts a rich slightly syrupy feel to this wine that's not particularly Pinot-like, but still satisfying. Strawberry and raspberry notes carry a hint of tomato leaf, then finish with crisp acids. J.C.(2/1/2016)

Decanter (2015)91 pts

Earthy, mulchy savoury hints over raspberry and red cherry fruit and a dusting of baking spices, enlivened by bright acidity. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is kept sappy and vital thanks to 15% of whole bunch fruit, gentle foot treading and basket pressing, and light oaking in older French oak barriques. Named after the foxes that usefully crop thin the vines while eating the low-hanging grapes – and then fertilise the soil afterwards. Winemaker Chester Osborn says he always finds a 'funky' note in the wine – whether from the foxes or not – that adds complexity to the expressive red fruit.

James Halliday (2015)90 pts

15% hand-picked for whole bunch inclusion, the balance crushed/destemmed, 5 days cold soak, open-fermented, 2-3 weeks on skins, matured for 8 months in used French barriques. Full colour; a generous roly-poly style with plum fruit in the lead, cherry behind.

Vinification Notes

Small batches of grapes are crushed gently and then transferred to two tonne headed down open fermenters. About 15% whole bunches are added and it undergoes approximately three days of cold soak prior to wild fermentation starting. Foot treading is undertaken on a regular basis throughout fermentation followed by gentle basket pressing. The wine is then transferred to older French oak barriques to complete primary and secondary fermentation. The wine is aged on lees for added complexity with no racking until final blending. The Feral Fox does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.