Wine d'Arenberg, "The Lucky Lizard", 2016
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Reviews of purchase d'Arenberg, "The Lucky Lizard", 2016
The wine is characterized by an attractive golden color.
The taste of wine is balanced, full of generous peach tones and hints of stone fruit, nuances of honeysuckle and lime.
Aromatic bouquet of wine abounds with tones of ripe white peaches and citrus fruits, which are complemented by nuances of nuts.
The wine goes well with dishes of poultry and pork, grilled sea fish, pasta with seafood, with clams.
Wine "The Lucky Lizard" belongs to the line "Hillbillies", in which, despite the name, there is no village. Rather, it is an indication of the membership - both wines from the series "Hillbillies" supplied exclusively from the region Adelaide Hills. This is the super class of wine created from one grape variety: "The Lucky Lizard" - from Chardonnay, "The Feral Fox" - from Pinot Noir. Terroir Adelaide Hills has excellent conditions for growing grapes - high altitude and lower temperatures, allowing to obtain the yield of these two varieties of berries with bright color, crisp, rich taste and intense aroma. Style wines line "Hillbillies" can be called Burgundy, and it highlights the design of the label in the old style.
Fermentation "The Lucky Lizard" is produced in old French oak barriques, where then the wine is aged for 7-8 months. Wine tastes great at a young age, but also has excellent potential to evolve over the years in the bottle, revealing all his wealth.
Summer in the vineyards d'Arenberga can see lizards that emerge from their burrows to bask in the sun. They often get on the vines waiting for prey. At harvest time, some of them accidentally fall into the basket and sent together with grapes to the winery. Luckily for the lizards, the winery "d'Arenberg" used vehicles "Demuazi" that very carefully sorting grapes, lizards remain intact and returning the vineyards. It is in their honor wine called "The Lucky Lizard" - "Lucky Lizard".
"Lucky Lizard" in 2010 won the Gold Medal at the Blue "Sydney International Wine Competition" in 2011 and 2012, and the 2007 vintage was awarded a gold medal at the "Royal Adelaide Wine Show, 2008".
History "d'Arenberg" - one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale - began in 1912 when Joseph Osborn purchased 25 hectares of vineyards in the hills north of Bellevue. Son of Joseph - Francis, increased the area to 78 hectares of vineyards and, before the end of construction in 1928, private wineries, harvest sold to local winemakers, and later established his own production of dry red and fortified wines.
His son - Francis d'Arenberg Osborne, known as d'Arrest, 16 years after leaving school in 1943, joined his father, and in 1957 completely took over the management of a winery. In 1959, he launches under its own brand "d'Arenberg", named after his mother - Frances Helena d'Arenberg. Wine immediately received cult status from connoisseurs, critics and judges. In 2004, Francis d'Arenberg Osborn was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to the wine industry in the region McLaren Vale. Francis is very proud of its achievements in the creation of great wines, commonly known as "red band" because of the distinctive red diagonal stripes, which adorns the labels of wines "d'Arenberg".
The representative of the fourth generation - Chester d'Arenberg, after graduating from college Rouzvort and gain practical experience in a number of Australian and European wine regions, took the reins "d'Arenberg" as chief winemaker in 1984. He immediately began to return to the traditional practice of family vineyards growing grapes: at minimum cost and without artificial pollination, irrigation to the extent possible, with very low yields. Winemaking processes of the past have been preserved, unique wines are made in small batches and perfectly convey the nature of class and a true taste of the region's wines Valley McLaren.
"Chester Osborn, as the creator of the wide range of wines, other than impeccable quality, almost deserves credit for what he has managed to create in this price range. If you are a fan of Australian wines, wines D'Arenberg - this is exactly what we should endeavor, since that can offer you Osbournes has a broad mind and the same character. In short, praise, which the owner of the winery and winemaker Chester Osborn receives not only from the magazine The Wine Advocate, but in reality, and from all over the world completely deserved "- Robert Parker," The Wine Advocate ", August 2003.