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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


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. 


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 


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 


Tasted on: Saturday 2nd July, a Root day

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