D'arenberg Winery

One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d'Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, cellar door and d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant.
Joseph's son Frank joined him on the land and they set about acquiring some more vineyards. Joseph Osborn died in 1921 leaving full control of the business to Frank.
In the early years grapes were sold to other wineries before the winery was built in 1927 shortly after Francis (universally known as d'Arry) Osborn was born.
Initially making fortified wines to export to England, the business prospered until World War II stifled demand. This coincided with Frank's ill health which forced d'Arry to leave school in 1943 at age 16 to help his father run the business and work the land.

d'Arry took full control of the business in 1957 upon Frank's death and in 1959 he launched his own wine label named in honour of his mother, Helena d'Arenberg, who died shortly after giving birth to him. d'Arry decided to put a red stripe on the label, inspired by happy memories of his school days at Prince Alfred College, where he wore the crimson-and-white striped school tie.
d'Arry's son Chester joined the business in 1984 as Chief Winemaker and makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.

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D Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2016
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92“A cherry-flavored nose that also offers up aromas of blackberry pie, cedar and spices. Medium to full body, grainy tannins, lots of fresh blue and black fruit and a chewy finish. Drink in 2021.” ~J.S.
Item Number: 31877
Case: $155.40

d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Shiraz 2017
The value this wine delivers for the money is incredible. On the nose, the wine is full of cherry and blackberry fruits, which continue on the palate. What sets this Shiraz apart is the intensity of this ripe fruit, which is just as intense on the finish as when the wine first hits your tongue. In
Item Number: 27789
Case: $107.40

d'Arenberg 'Hermit Crab' Marsanne Viognier 2017
"The nose of this wine displays an enticing mix of white stonefruits and sweet pineapple with an underlying hint of ginger. The palate is luscious and flavorsome, again nectarine and peach are prominent, with a twist of candied citrus rind. These sweet flavors evolve through the palate into more

d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Shiraz 2013
"A wonderfully lifted nose brimming with fruit pastilles, a mixed bouquet of flowers and spicy, white pepper. The palate shows an ample volume of fruit weight. Opulent, but checked by the powdery line of tannins that grow through the length of the wine, taking firm charge towards the finish. All the

d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Shiraz 2012
89  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 89  "Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 The Stump Jump Shiraz has quite a leafy, herbal nose built around a good core of red and black cherry fruit aromas and earthy notes. Full-bodied and structured by chewy tannins, the stemmy notes make it a little bitter and astringent

d'Arenberg 'Hermit Crab' Marsanne Viognier 2014
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90  "The 2014 The Hermit Crab Marsanne / Viognier reveals a lovely white peach, lychee, baker’s yeast and jasmine nose lifted with some white roses and allspice notes. Medium-bodied, the satiny palate shows great intensity with just enough racy acidity adding to the good length."~RP

d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Gren Shiraz Mouv 2016
"You'll find generous proportions on the palate, with lots of sweet juicy fruits, ripe for tasting. The roundness of Grenache, sits on top of the solid structural foundation of Shiraz and is punctuated by the tight, punchy line of Mourvedre. The three varieties coexisting in perfect harmony

d'Arenberg 'Hermit Crab' Marsanne Viognier 2013
"The nose of this wine displays an enticing mix of white stonefruits and sweet pineapple with an underlying hint of ginger. The palate is luscious and flavoursome, again nectarine and peach are prominent, with a twist of candied citrus rind. These sweet flavours evolve through the palate into more

d'Arenberg 'Dead Arm' Shiraz 2007
93  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 93  "The Dead Arm is Chester Osborn's punchdrunk love song to his most ancient and physically challenged shiraz vines. Even in McLaren's difficult 2007 vintage, they produced a pretty astonishing wine. Its succulent raspberry flavor meets vibrant and sweet mineral character as the

d'Arenberg 'd'Arry's Original' Shiraz Grenache 2008
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89"Lithe, with a deft balance to the berry and guava flavors. The fine tannins let the fruit emerge easily on the long, graceful finish. Drink now through 2015. 5,000 cases imported."–HS

d'Arenberg 'Hermit Crab' Marsanne Viognier 2012
90  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 90 "Named for some of the marine life that contributed their shells to the limestone soils of Mclaren Vale, this blend of viognier and marsanne focuses on the fruit that grows out of that soil, with tart apple and juicy orange flavors riding a gentle, downy texture. There's plenty of

d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
"The nose sings with typical Cabernet characters of cassis, dark plums, blueberries, mint and bell peppers. Youthful and fresh the palate has a lovely leafy berry core than runs the whole way through to a lovely finish of fine mineral tannins. The oak is totally integrated and allows the fruit

D'Arenberg d'Arry's Original 2007
92  James Halliday 
Wine Advocate 90 "A 50 / 50 blend of Shiraz and Grenache, the 2007 dArrys has a meaty, medicinal character over baked cherries and blueberries, warm raspberries and some hints menthol, baking spices and dried roses. Full bodied and concentrated in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of

d'Arenberg 'The Custodian' Grenache 2008
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator89"Firm-textured and medium-weight, this brings lots of pretty plum and guava flavors to the party, persisting nicely against meaty notes on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2014. 1,000 cases imported."HS

d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Shiraz 2011
" The nose is chock-full of fresh blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate sprinkled with spices. The palate is fresh and juicy, ripe red fruits mix with plums, blackcurrant, flowers and a twist of black pepper. The tannins are fine with d’Arenberg’s trademark earthiness helping keep this easy

d'Arenberg 'Stump Jump' Gren Shiraz Mouv 2011
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89 "A terrific value for current consumption, the 2011 Stump Jump GSM blends 46% Grenache, 39% Shiraz and 15% Mourvèdre into a plump yet firm wine that combines black cherry fruit with savory notes of chocolate, herbs and roasted meat. There’s even a touch of mocha on the long

D'Arenberg 'The Footbolt' Shiraz 2005
89  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 89 "The 2005 The Footbolt Shiraz was aged for 12-18 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. Purple-colored, it exhibits an aromatic array of fresh herbs, plum, cranberry, and black cherry. Medium-to full-bodied, on the palate spicy blueberry and licorice notes emerge.

D'Arenberg 'The Custodian' Grenache 2006
89  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 89 "The 2006 The Custodian Grenache is dark ruby-colored with a perfumed nose of spice box and cherry. Sweetly fruited and juicy, it closely resembles a high level Cotes du Rhone. On the palate, spice and mineral notes combine with an amalgam of red fruits to provide a satisfying

d'Arenberg 'Laughing Magpie' Shiraz Viognier 2008
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91 "The 2008 Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier (6%) spent 12 months in 15% new French and American oak. It is deep crimson-colored with an alluring bouquet of cedar, lilacs, Asian spices, black cherry, and blueberry. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and layered

D'Arenberg 'Dead Arm' Shiraz 2005
95  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 95 "D’Arenberg’s most famous wine is its flagship, The Dead Arm Shiraz. The 2005 The Dead Arm Shiraz is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast,

D'Arenberg 'd'Arry's Original' Shiraz Grenache 2005
88  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 88 "The 2005 d'Arry's Original Shiraz (50%) Grenache (50%) was aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It is purple-colored with aromas of violets, meat, black cherry, plum, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, it offers plenty of spicy red and black fruits, silky tannins,

D'Arenberg 'Dead Arm' Shiraz 2003 375ml
95  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 95 "One of this estate's flagship wines, the 2003 The Dead Arm Shiraz appears to be better than the 2002. A deeper, richer, fuller-bodied offering that spent time in equal parts French and American oak, it possesses an opaque purple color, great intensity, and a fabulously sweet nose

d'Arenberg 'Hermit Crab' Marsanne Viognier 2010
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89"A spicy, refreshing white, brimming with citrusy pear, nutmeg and lychee flavors. Lingers easily on the polished finish. Drink now."~HS