d'Arenberg The Sticks & Stones
Wild strawberry, dark cherry, grilled meats and straw are all evident on the nose. The palate opens with sour plum and red berry flavors, quickly leading to spice and dried herb. Finely structured finishing with lively acidity and spicy tannin. Best enjoyed with friends and a wood oven pizza!
$44.00 / Bottle $528.00 / Case
In 1912, Joseph Osborn purchased the well-established vineyard just north of the township of McLaren Vale. Joseph's son, Frank, built d'Arenberg's cellars in 1927. By 1957, Frank's son, d'Arry, had bottled the first of the famous diagonal red striped wines. Enter the fourth generation, d'Arry's son, Chester, who took over the reigns in 1984. In 1990, Chester was crowned, “McLaren Vale Bushing King,” for producing the best table wine in McLaren Vale and in December, 2005.
Four generations of learning have provided current Chief Winemaker, Chester Osborn with an intimate knowledge of his vineyards (now totaling over 345 acres) and a healthy respect for the differing fruit characters obtained from the individual vineyard sites. Nineteenth century basket presses are extensively utilized to press the fruit, both white and red, providing a gentle extraction of juice. Much of the red fruit is fermented in 5 ton wax-lined, headed down, open fermenters. Both American and French oak barriques are used extensively.
The Sticks & Stones is a blend of 60% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache, 13% Souzao, and 2% Tinta Cao. The inspiration behind this name came from the age-old proverb "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." The unusual and quirky names that d’Arenberg’s range of wines has never done the winery any harm. They also do use sticks (vine cuttings) planted into stony soils to produce the grapes that result in this wine.