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
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.