Upon immediate release, d'Arenberg's The Olive Grove McLaren Vale Chardonnay is a slightly green, brilliant mid-straw colour and typically exhibits extraordinary fresh and lifted melon complex fig and cashew aromas. These are based on smells of apples, limes and pineapples. Vanillin yeast autolysis smells give creamy and bready hints. The youthful palate is clean, direct with limey peach and rockmelon flavours balanced by fresh grapefruit and light butter tastes, before a long elegant melon finish.
d'Arenberg was amongst the pioneers of the variety in the district, releasing our first bottling of Chardonnay in 1984 and we have released a varietal Chardonnay each year since then.
Given time to prove its longevity and not served over chilled, d'Arenberg's The Old Olive Grove McLaren Vale Chardonnay develops intense, complex honey, cashew, fig and soft toast aromas. Typically, butterscotch, light caramel and hints of fresh tobacco are evident too. The fresh structured mid palate retains its texture but opens slowly into generous sweet banana butterscotch flavours with hints of smoky bacon and green olive tastes before finishing with a persistent developed stonefruit and chalky texture as have more than a decade of. previous vintages. A mature d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay produces a rich, rolling generous and complex finish balanced by long, clean, refreshing acidity.