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d'Arenberg's business savvy d’Arry Osborn and flamboyant winemaker Chester Osborn are the father/son double-act that makes this McLaren Vale estate flourish. Founded in 1912 by teetotal Joseph Osborn, it is a century old property that now boasts 200 hectares of its own vines producing more than 50 labels with the help of 150 employees. Small it is not, but great wines offering excellent value across its entire portfolio is what it does very well. With fun and catchy names for its labels that include both reds and whites, little has actually changed in the way these great value wines are made.
In the vineyards, absolutely no fertilisers are used. In the winery, all of the wines are basket pressed, the original open top fermenters dating back to 1927 are still in use and foot treading is still common. Fining as well as filtration are purposely avoided for the depth of McLaren Vale fruit to shine through, and less well known is the fact that all of the wines are vegan and vegetarian friendly. Chester’s ebullient personality has international fame as does his red winemaking for which the outstanding Dead Arm Shiraz and Ironstone Pressings have won numerous plaudits. Using 100% McLaren Vale Shiraz fruit, The Dead Arm embodies the archetypal style of an assertive South Australian red swimming with sweet black fruit, chocolate, smoke, mint, eucalyptus, and liquorice notes.