d'Arenberg Daddy Long Legs Tawny Port (375ML half-bottle)
Port from McLaren Vale, Australia
The wine is extremely old and exemplifies a classic Australian style. The color is of an aged wine with a soft tan appearance and tinges of green towards the edge. There is a huge array of characters in this fortified ranging from walnuts, dried raisins, caramels, toffee, molasses, caramelized cumquats and lime, melted butter and after a moment aromas of beef stock, dusty hessian, and dried herbs appear. Overall the aroma has amazing concentration. The palate has superb intensity and is fresh with flavors of baked figs, butterscotch, toffee and dried fruits such as pear and nectarine. As it opens more and more characters appear balanced with great rolling rancio length from the time spent in barrel.
The Wine Advocate - "Emerges from a solera of old tawny made between 1928 and 1984. Its medium dark amber color is accompanied by an amazingly expressive bouquet of fig liqueur intermixed with marmalade, roasted nuts, caramel, and black tea. Unctuously thick yet possessing good underlying acidity, its sweetness is neither heavy nor cloying. This is an explosively rich, aromatic, spectacular fortified wine that is impossible to resist."
International Wine Cellar - "Golden amber. Unreal nose of toffeed, caramelized apple and pear, maple, chestnut honey, toasted brioche, fig cake, gingerbread and singed citrus peel. More a solid than a liquid on the palate, or at least a colloid, with deep, sticky flavors of pumpkin and banana bread, walnut tart, fruitcake, molasses, ginger snap and Ibarra chocolate. Amazingly, this finishes on a bright note, with nice acid lift and focus, hinting at orange and exotic Indian spices.This is a solera begun in 1928 and concluded in 1984, topped up only with itself . And good luck finding it as only 120 to 180 bottles are released by the winery each year, for the world."
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 material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character. View all d'Arenberg Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the most-planted grapes of the region. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the region are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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