Wine d'Arenberg, "The Sticks and Stones", 2009
Reviews of purchase d'Arenberg, "The Sticks and Stones", 2009
Wine of intense ruby color.
The taste of wine - a lively and complex, with a solid core of mineral tannins and bright acidity, notes of red licorice, spices and peat nuances of rhubarb and iron ore.
The aroma of the wine shows notes of seductive combination of red, black and purple fruits such as plum, black currant and dark cherry truffle. There is another layer of secondary aromas, which complicates the bouquet. It consists of shades of mushrooms, autumn leaves and earth.
Before use, it is recommended to decant the wine. The wine goes well with lamb, wild boar meat and other wildlife, as well as hearty meat dishes.
Wine farm "d'Arenberg" are often unusual names. The name "The Sticks and Stones" ("Sticks and Stones") was inspired by the creators of an old saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." As "Sticks" are called cuttings are planted grape growers farm in stony soils ("Stones") vineyards in McLaren Vale.
Blend wine "Stikc End Stones" consists of an interesting mix of varieties Shiraz, Tempranillo, Tinta Cao and Susa, providing elegance, depth and refinement of taste. Interestingly, the winery oenologist Chester Osborn was one of the first who planted Tempranillo in McLaren Vale. Later it became clear that this variety thrives in this terroir and shows excellent results in conjunction with its partner classic Grenache - favorite brand wineries "d'Arenberg."
In 2009, a sufficient number of rainy winter ensured good soil moisture and adjust the vines for a healthy crop. Cool summers and mild weather before the harvest had fully ripe grapes with good natural acidity and balanced tannins. Bunches of grapes for wine "The Sticks and Stones" gently crushed in a rubber toothed crusher and fermented in small batches in open fermenters. Pressed grape skins with special baskets of pressing the XIX century firms "Coq" and "Bromley & Tregoning". The process of fermentation in barrels. Extract of wine is carried out in French and American oak barrels for 10 months. Minimal interference in the process of vinification provides maximum flavor and aroma of the wine. Storage capacity "The Sticks and Stones" is at least 12-15 years.
Vintage 2009 has received high awards at competitions "Decanter World Wine Awards", "The Dallas Wine Competition", "International Wine Challenge" in 2012 and 2013.
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.