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d'Arenberg Nostalgia Rare NV | Halves

The Nostalgia Rare NV is a decadent wine, offering a delicious concentration of toffee, cherry, caramel and marmalade and is the oldest wine that d'Arenberg release each year. It is only available in tiny quantities due to the amount that evaporates to the atmosphere over time, known as "the angel’s share". The centerpiece of the label is a coat of arms with the original d’Arenberg crest, created by d’Arry Osborn in 1959 when he first released wine with the red stripe. Alongside the crest as supporters are a Clydesdale horse and a Dorper lamb, both important to the history of the winery and also today.

In 2013 Chester Osborn, current Chief Winemaker and Viticulturalist, reintroduced the use of horses to the oldest bush vine Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale, and sheep continue to graze between the vines as part of the biodynamic practices employed in the vineyards. Other elements of the coat of arms represent the export history of their fortified wines, illustrated by a ship crossing an ocean of vine leaves. Also present are acknowledgements of the traditional viticulture and winemaking techniques that are still in use at d’Arenberg, hand pruning and basket pressing. A second look at the labels show a human foot drawn on each supporting animal, representative of foot treading of each red ferment. Other features are vineyard tools and oak barrels, a copper pot still and a gentle cherub.

The Nostalgia is blended to an average age of more than 15 years, comprising up to 40 various fortified wines that have been aged in old oak, predominantly Grenache and Shiraz. After careful blending, the wine is bottled in small batches to maintain complexity, freshness, intensity and lusciousness. Every two years small amounts of Grenache and occasionally Shiraz are fortified to add more young material and to ensure a small and constant supply when introduced to the final blend.

 

Wine File
Producer:
d'Arenberg
Country:
Australia
Region:
South Australia
Sub Region:
McLaren Vale
Style:
Dessert Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Grenache , Syrah/Shiraz
Bottle Size:
375ml
Alcohol:
20.5%
Closure:
Screw Cap
Vegan:
Yes
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
7.69
£15.00

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