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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay 2004
d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 85046)
screw cap wine
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Upon immediate release, 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.

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About d'Arenberg:

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.