Join us for a guest tasting with Chester D’Arenberg – 4th generation owner and wine maker. Join us for a tasting and bottle signing with one of Australia’s most famous wine personalities. Friday, May 15 from 3:00-5:00pm
Perhaps you swore off Australia when the critter-covered labels threatened a takeover. How times have changed! Now is the time to reacquaint yourself with D’Arenberg Wines. With their red-sashed bottles, recognition is immediate (so much so, they are affectionately known as “Red Stripes” in their native land). After an absence from our shelves, their return to Surdyk’s is cause enough to revisit these favorites.
One of the pioneers of Australian wine, settling in the McLaren Vale back in 1912 ,was by a teetotaler named Joseph Osborn. Over time, the land fell to the third generation, Francis d’Arenberg Osborn (“d’Arry”), who created his own label under his mother’s name in 1959, and brought the winery to world-renown. The tradition continues today with his son, Chester d’Arenberg Osborn, as the chief winemaker and viticulturist.
D’Arenberg wines are some of the finest representations of Australian wine. Walking the fine line between big and bold, and finesse and style. We are excited to have these wines, and we think you will be, too.
Stump Jump White 2013 & Stump Jump Red 2011
The Red is a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Happily, the result avoids the cliché syrupy profile of many similar blends. The result instead is fresh, slightly tart fruit with black pepper accents. The White is an inspired blend of Riesling , Sauvignon Blanc, Roussane, and Marsanne. The Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc provide bright citrus flavors, and the Roussane and Marsanne give depth and richness. The result here is both thirst quenching and serious enough to handle a variety of savory dishes. For those who were wondering, Stump Jump is a type of Australian plow. Best of all, both retail at less than $10! – Roger Clark
The Footbolt Shiraz 2011
With over a century of wine making pedigree, D’Arenberg knows how to make great wines. The 2011 Footbolt Shiraz displays a beautifully fragrant bouquet of ripe black & blue fruits, floral notes and exotic spices. Full-bodied with juicy dark fruits layered with licorice and spices sprinkled over dusty tannins. A real bargain for the price. Great for grilled meats, hearty stews or some wonderful blue cheeses. – Derek Brammer
The Hermit Crab Viognier – Marsanne 2013
A nod to the Rhone Valley, and named for the fossil remnants of the creatures that once lived on these limestone-filled vineyards in McLaren Vale. The blend of 65% Viognier and 35% Marsanne brings lush flavor that includes stone fruit, pineapple, candied citrus and ginger, with a balance of sweet fruit and savory notes on the finish. So carefully made, both the Viognier and the Marsanne are vinified separately with attention to detail, such as oak aging only a portion of each wine before blending, prior to bottling. – Noelle Starr
The Laughing Magpie 2010
Chester Osborn is the pioneer of cultivating this Rhone blend with Australian grapes, and the 2010 was a classic McLaren Vale vintage for Shiraz, which shows through in its powerful concentration of blackberry and black currant on the palate. A whiff of flowers and peach on the nose can be attributed to the co-fermented Viognier (7%). A beautiful seasonal pairing for braised lamb shanks with spring vegetables. -Lindsey Coleman