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Friday, 12 August 2016

d'Arenberg: The Noble Sweet Quartet


Beautifully packaged range of stickies from the tireless d'Arenberg. After tasting/writing these up, I had great fun sharing them with some friends and a hastily constructed pavlova. Went down a treat.

d’Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2015
Sample Screwcap $20 (375ml) 11.1% Adelaide Hills

95% Viognier, 5% Arneis - leads with Apricot and a little lemon curd.

Sweet, unctuous; there’s a dab of acidity here to offset that sweetness somewhat, gingery spice toward the back-end and some cut marmalade. Tasting it alone - without something to pair it with is quite a challenge 90

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d’Arenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2015
Sample Screwcap $20 (375ml) 10.4% McLaren Vale

A dab of burnt lime, segueing to a little honey.

More honey and stone fruit on the palate - big mouthfeel of sweetness, a little phenolic grip too. Not so much length, more about fruit presence and sugar. 

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d’Arenberg The Noble Prankster Chardonnay Semillon Viognier 2015
Sample Screwcap $20 (375ml) 10.7% McLaren Vale/ Adelaide Hills

The blend is 60/30/10 respectively. Floral, with an underlying biscuity/nutty edge, almond biscotti perhaps, most interesting.

Quite thick and syrupy this one, least favourite of the quartet tasted thus far. All sweetness and not much else for me. 86 

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d’Arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Sample Screwcap $20 (375ml) 10.4% Adelaide Hills

A blend of 95/5% respectively - that surely will help with some SEO.
The sweetest of the bunch. There’s a little stone fruit and citrus, but it’s really too sweet - struggled with this one. 85 

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Tasted on: Saturday 2nd July, a Root day
Website: http://www.darenberg.com.au/

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