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D'Arenberg - The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2018


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.4
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

This is one of the most versatile wines around. It can be dressed up or down; drunk on its own, at dinner party or barbecue; and can go Asian, fusion or European in flavour profile. In their book The Simple Art of Marrying Food and Wine, Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix suggest pairing it with Bouillabaisse, but if you are not feeling that ambitious you can try it with your favourite Chinese or Indian takeaway. Its crisp acidity makes it a good match for fatty foods such as pork belly or spicy sausages, and it is be a good match for most fish and shellfish too.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2015) VS: 89 (2014) WS: 84 (2014) WE: 90 (2014) JH: 87 (2015) WF: 89 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

The nose is aromatic and lifted with white flowers, tropical fruits, granny smith apples and white nectarine. The palate has considerable weight with a lovely mid palate of white peach, lime and a touch of brioche. There is zesty acidity that builds on the palate to a long savoury finish with a hint of cashew nut and faint, fine, textural tannins. The cool year shines through in the balanced delicate flavours from the McLaren Vale fruit..

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)87 pts

Aug 2016 - Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The 2015 The Olive Grove Chardonnay opens with ripe apple and honeydew melon notes plus suggestions of baking bread and allspice. The medium-bodied palate offers a good concentration of straightforward melon and spice flavors with pleasant freshness and good length. Drink: Now - 2018.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)89 pts

Mar 2016 - Light yellow-gold. Aromas of pear nectar, tangerine and jasmine, with a hint of leesiness in the background. Spicy and broad on the palate, offering yellow apple and pear flavors with a touch of bitter citrus pith. Closes spicy and taut, leaving floral and anise notes behind. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2014)84 pts

Defined by bracing acidity, giving the citrus, green tea and apple flavors a very crisp, lean profile.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)90 pts

Editor's Choice - Subtle notes of toasted grain frame citrus and peach fruit in this well-priced offering. It's not the biggest, most robust Chardonnay, but it delivers intensity allied to length, turning lemony on the powerful finish. Drink now–2020.

James Halliday (2015)87 pts

Gets the fruit up and going quickly and maintains the pitch more or less successfully through to the finish. Yellow stone fruits and spice. Flash of citrus to close.

Wine Front (2015)89 pts

Butter, buttered popcorn, melon, stone fruit, rich bouquet. Fleshy textured, very ripe feeling, sloshy in the palate, finds some cut and thrust through the finish. It’s chardonnay 101 and will please many looking for fuller, generous, richer chardonnay leaning to buttery toastiness.

Vinification Notes

At the winery the grapes passed through the gentle Demoisy rubber tooth crusher before being basket pressed in specially designed stainless steel basket presses. Gentle extraction of the juice is critical in these stages to retain the delicate Chardonnay characters. A small percentage of this wine underwent wild fermentation and was subject to lees stirring for complexity and mouth feel. Maturation was undertaken in a mixture of new and old French and old American barrels and stainless steel tanks. None of the white wines at d’Arenberg are subject to malo-lactic fermentation as the retention of fresh, natural acidity is considered integral to the balance and longevity of the wine.