d’Arenberg 100th Anniversary Dinner
Monday evening 23/07 was the Melbourne leg of Chester and d’Arry Osbornes celebrations for the 100th year of production of their family owned vineyard.
The dinner was held at Comme in the CBD, and an extraordinary range of back vintage and current release wines were served with the wonderful food.
There were too many wines to mention, about sixty in total to taste, but I will mention the highlights.
The d’Arry Original Grenache Shiraz blends were fantastic, with vintages going back to 2002 (which still has years left in it) to the current release 2009.
The other two standout wines, that were simply gob smacking were the Ironstone Pressings a Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre blend and the Super Dead Arm Shiraz.
Ironstone Pressing vintages tasted were, 1992, 2006 and 2008. The Dead Arm vintages were 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2008.
It was a real eye opener to tasting these wines, and seeing the development of them over a 20 year period. The quality of these wines was outstanding and what makes them even more remarkable are there prices, they are exceptional value for money.
If there is a wine for $20 and less by the dozen, that you want to cellar and drink comfortably over the next 10 years, the d’Arry’s Original 2009 is near unbeatable.
The Ironstone and the Dead Arm from the very oldest vines on the vineyard show such complexity and depth of flavour that they just take your breath away.
Cheers for now, Michael @ Wineseek