D’Arenberg “The Last Ditch” Viognier Adelaide Hills

Posted by Keith Wallace

This one finds its center of gravity on the richer end of the viognier spectrum than the Rolf Binder. It’s a barrel-fermented, Creamsicle-rich wine that you don’t want to chill down too much. Just pull it from the cellar, screw open the cap, and call it a night. You won’t want to leave the couch once you start sipping.

Full maturation with close full solids in old oak was long and modestly cool to hold products of the soil characters. Just free-run juice was utilized for the last wine, and no malolactic aging happened. Although maturation was in old oak barriques (as with past vintages), there is no clear oak impact in this wine because of the age of the barrels.

100% Viognier Adelaide Hills (70%) / McLaren Vale (30%)

Planted in the last piece of the nineteenth century on the d’Arenberg vineyard was a little square of Doradillo – an uninteresting, flat grape mixed bag from which Sherry is produced using. In 1995, the Doradillo was ripped out, and Viognier soon replanted the site.

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