Monday 4 April 2016

d’Arenberg The Old Bloke & The Three Young Blondes - McLaren Vale

QUIRKY label for a quirky blend
of a red with three whites.


David Ellis

CHIEF Winemaker at d'Arenberg Wines in South Australia, Chester Osborn has long had a passion for searching out new grape varieties suited to the diverse terroir of his vineyards in McLaren Vale.

And he's coupled this with an equal passion for creating the most unusual of blends, and then giving the resultant wines the quirkiest of labels. Wines such as his recently released The Old Bloke & The Three Young Blondes that's 91% Shiraz (the Old Bloke, sourced from the company's oldest and most-gnarled Shiraz vines,) and 3% each Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne that d'Arenberg planted in the 1990s, and subsequently the youthful Three Young Blondes in this unique blend.

Bringing these four together has resulted in a beautifully complex and captivating wine that seems to get better with every flavoursome sip, with wonderful and almost chunky Shiraz tannins tempered by the lusciousness of the three white Rhone varieties… and with equally wonderful aromas to savour as well.

The most premium release in d'Arenberg's 104 year history, this stand-out wine is $200 and available only from the cellar door or online (,) and a richly rewarding drop to share over a good cheese plate to finish a special dinner.

4 Apr 16

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