Since 1912 the Osborn family has tended the 19th century vineyards at their
d'Arenberg winery, located in South Australia, where the family often procures top
quality fruit from the cool climate Adelaide Hills region, which has become one of
Australia's finest Chardonnay districts.
During the summer months, native Bearded Dragon Lizards sun themselves on the
vineyard posts and watch out for potential prey. Occasionally during harvest, these
lizards are dislodged and find their way into a load of grapes headed for the winery.
Lucky for these lizards, d'Arenberg uses a very gentle Demoisy crusher, which
allows these lizards to pass through the ordeal slightly shaken, yet unharmed. The
gentleness of the crusher also plays an important role in retaining the delicate fruit flavors.
After excellent winter rains and then a warm wet spring, the vineyards were set
for a good start to vintage. Flowering was consistent, and in general crop loads
were higher than normal. McLaren Vale experienced the coldest January for 12
years followed by a warm February which provided perfect ripening conditions
and the result was fruit of outstanding character, concentration and excellent
natural acidity. The success of this wine is put down to the evenness of the
ripening period leading up to picking in the early autumn and extremely
protective handling in the winery to preserve the wonderful fruit characters.
The nose is immediately inviting with volumes of pear, pineapple, tropical fruits,
guava, hints of peach, green melon, citrus and very fine sweet toasted oaks.
Medium to full in style with the level of ripeness in perfect balance with the
elevated acidity and the characteristic cool climate flowery Granny Smith apples
that linger to the end with fine oak spices, and citric passionfruit character.
Probably the best Lucky Lizard yet.