d'Arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier 2005

Viognier from McLaren Vale, Australia

Item No. 90829
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • Green wine
  • JH88
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Winemaker's Notes

Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre have been the backbone of d'Arenberg's vineyards since the 1880s. These three are also the traditional red wine mainstays of the Rhône Valley in France, while the best whites are made from the trio of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. It was not until 1995 that the plantings at the bottom of the vineyard known as "The Last Ditch" were replaced with these, the first ever plantings of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne in the district.

The 2005 release is a very youthful Viognier with a brilliant, mid-straw appearance with green tints. The lifted aroma of ginger, summer flowers, and tropical fruits is intertwined with the classic spectrums of nectarine, white peach and ripe apricot skin.

The palate is tight - initially dominated with cool mineral characters, and then you are hit with tropical fruits, stonefruits and glycerol. Acidity is low but the palate is beautifully balanced, with a long-lasting, persistent finish. A medium-weight wine offering a huge spectrum of characters, complexity and flavors. Drink now and over the next 3 to 4 years.

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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...

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McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines. Notable Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Viognier(vee-ohn-YAY) Viognier is best known for producing the rich, aromatic white wines of the Northern Rhone. Once a pricey commodity of the area, it's now much easier to find and drink. The perfumed grape creates wines of distinct aromas and flavors. Lower in acid and even lower yielding, Viognier kept to itself in Southern France until some traveling winemakers took hold of...

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