In a nutshell: A wonderfully richly textured and full bodied expression of Mclaren Vale Shiraz.
The lowdown: This iconic wine always displays the power and intensity of McLaren Vale Shiraz, yet has an elegance and refinement that few other wines from the region possess. It's vibrant and lifted on the nose with bustling red fruits and savoury spice. The palate is long, linear and pure with tightly wound tannin and mouth-watering acidity. Beneath the layers of blueberry, pomegranate and Satsuma Plum is an intriguing core of earth and crushed rocks.
When to drink: A perfect partner for big roasts it's just coming into its own and will age gracefully right through the 2020s.
Founded in 1912 by Joseph Osborn d'Arenberg have remained a family business ever since. Currently the business is under the guidance of d'Arry Osborn, the family patriach who celebrated his 90th birthday in 2016 and is still involved with business operations, and his son Chester who has been chief winemaker since 1984. The winery can be found just south of Adelaide in the wine producing heartland of McLaren Vale.
Undoubtedly one of Australia's most prominent quality wineries they have an extensive portfolio of wines, probably the best known of which are their 'icon' reds. Under Chester Osborn's reins they've most definitely kept up to speed with the 21st century from a marketing point view and at the same time keeping to the winemaking standards established over the preceding decades.
Their dedication to sustainable vineyard practices which maintain a balance between productivity and low environmental impact saw all the vineyards they own and lease being certified organic in 2015 which was followed the next year by Biodynamic certification across the whole estate. Throughout all of this their commitment to producing top quality wines is amply demonstrated by the continuing string of awards they garrner from around the world.