The Old Bloke is a Shiraz dominant blend with Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne, three white Rhone varieties that d'Arenberg planted in McLaren Vale in the 1990's. These 'young blondes' add fragrance, spice and length to the 'old bloke', which is sourced from d'Arenberg's oldest Shiraz vines. Some might joke that the old bloke is Chester, and the three young blondes are his daughters, the fifth generation who will carry on the d'Arenberg tradition.Each of these title characters are represented on the label as a cut out silhouette. Much like the wine itself, the four personalities are 'blended' together by being overlayed one on top of the other, each creating a window to the next and achieving an effect of tactility and depth.
A serious wine that demands attention. An infusion of spice and earth and ashen notes cede over time to sweet mulberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and fennel aromas. The white varieties appear subtly, more through exotic complexity than presenting any obvious white wine character. The palate starts taut, again leaning towards fresh turned earth, crushed ants and a cedary, leafy herbalness, before slowly unfurling into more opulent rich plums, pastille fruit and spice. The depth of flavour is impressive despite initially being so tightly wound. A framework of fine mineral tannins adds a bit of tension to the finish that promises a mighty long existence if cellared appropriately. Classic 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 on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine.. read more
Small batches of Shiraz grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters, the skins of the white grapes are co-fermented with this Shiraz. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is basket pressed and transferred to old French oak to complete fermentation. The finished wine is then aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.