Chester d’Arenberg Osborn continues his family estates traditional, hand-crafted wines - established by his great-grandfather Joseph Osborn in 1912 - in this classic estate in the McLaren Vale. His grape growing practices include minimal inputs and no fertilisation, cultivation and irrigation wherever possible, therefore achieving natural soil flavours with very low yields. The winemaking processes of the past have been maintained, capturing the unique small-batch character of the wines and the true flavour of the McLaren Vale region. All grapes, red and white, are basket-pressed. The reds are still traditionally fermented with the grape skins (caps) submerged in open wax-lined concrete fermenters utilising the age-old technique of foot-treading.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday
"Part hand, part machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed, 2-3 weeks on skins in an open headed down fermenter, matured for 20 months in French oak (8% new) and a dab of American oak. Deep crimson-purple; ultra full-bodied and densely packed with the darkest black fruits, licorice, 70% cacao dark chocolate and ripe tannins. Will live forever." Drink by 2049
92+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 The Dead Arm Shiraz offers expressive blueberry, blackberry and licorice notes with hints of Provence herbs, tapenade, garrigue and cracked black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate provided a taut backbone of firm, grainy tannins and refreshing acidity packed with black fruit and earthy flavor layers, finishing long." Drink 2017 - 2025
92/100 Huon Hooke
"Very deep red/purple colour, saturated, the bouquet is dark chocolate and slightly smoky, with masses of tannin which is quite firm and just a little astringent. A very concentrated, dense, powerful and tannic wine that needs a fair degree of age. The tannins are persuasive. 01 JUN 2017." Drink 2020 - 2037
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