This vintage in McLaren Vale produced exceptionally ripe, full flavored chardonnay fruit, enhancing the typical melon and tropical fruit characters of the this variety.
Upon immediate release, d'Arenberg's The Olive Grove Chardonnay is a slightly green, brilliant mid-straw color and typically exhibits attacking, fresh and lifted melon complex fig and cashew aromas. These are based on smells of apples, limes and pineapples. Traces of vanillin yeast autolysis smells give creamy and bready hints as well as some smoky & cedary touches. The youthful palate is clean, direct with limey peach and rockmelon flavors balanced by fresh grapefruit and light butter tastes, before a long elegant melon fruit finish.
Given time to prove its longevity and most importantly not served over chilled, The Olive Grove Chardonnay develops intense, complex honey, cashew, fig and soft toast aromas. Typically, butterscotch, light caramel and hints of fresh tobacco are evident too.
A mature d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay produces a rich, rolling generous and complex finish balanced by long, clean, refreshing acidity as have more than a decade and a half of previous vintages.