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D'Arenberg - The Noble Mud Pie 2017 (Half Bottle)


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn
  • Grape: Viognier
  • Grape Percentage: 86%Viognier, 8 % Pinot Gris , 6 % Marsanne
  • Alcohol Percentage: 8.50%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 375
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2015) VS: 90 (2011) JR: 17 (2008) WS: 90 (2010) JH: 93 (2015) WF: 89 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

The Viognier is clearly evident on the nose with notes of apricot nectar, ginger, yellow peach blossom and dried citrus peel. Further investigation reveals some lovely florals, spice and a hint of nut characters from the Roussanne.The palate is thick, luscious and powerful. It

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)90 pts

Aug 2017. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti Brown - Pale gold in color, the 2015 The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis is profoundly scented of honeyed peaches, lemon marmalade and dried pineapple with a waft of musk perfume. Rich, sweet and unctuous in the mouth, it has a racy line of freshness for balance and a long, honeyed finish. Drink : 2017-2022.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011)90 pts

Jul 2012 - Dark gold. Apricot nectar, candied orange, honey and sweet butter on the highly fragrant nose and in the mouth. Lush and creamy in texture, with seamless texture and impressive finishing cling. This decadent wine is a dessert or a breakfast all by itself. -- Josh Raynolds (2008)17 pts

Tasted Jan 2010 - Heady syrupy stuff with some raciness. Noble rot and interesting. Easy to like. Fresh, and it has a story to tell. Hotter nose than the very tangy palate - perhaps the sweetest of the lot! Viognier, Pinot Gris, Marsanne.

Wine Spectator (2010)90 pts

Aug 31, 2014 - Very sweet, this is dark gold in color and plush in texture, with a vinegary note weaving through the honeyed apricot and spice flavors. Sticky finish. Drink now through 201

James Halliday (2015)93 pts

95/5%, crushed, destemmed, 4 days on skins, matured in tank for 10 months. Some orange/tawny hints to the colour; apricot comes charging through, banners waving high. Strangely, the best acidity of d'Arenberg's three stickies. 375ml.

Wine Front (2015)89 pts

Super sweet sticky. Golden amber in colour with orange and apricot marmalade to the fore. A sling of acidity helps matters and it’s certainly loaded with sweet flavour, but it generally fails to excite.

Vinification Notes

Late harvesting took place by hand in small volumes when fruit flavours and the Botrytis cinerea was at an optimal point. The fruit was gently crushed before receiving a small amount of skin contact. The juice was separated via the gentle process of basket pressing. Fermentation occurred in a number of small tanks using neutral yeast to cope with the high natural sugar levels and to avoid dominating the fruit characters. The fermentation stopped naturally,retaining a considerable level of residual sugar.