d'Arenberg chief winemaker and wearer of colourful shirts Chester Osborn is currently visiting the UK from South Australia. Imbibe caught up with him about his controversial new wine, climate change and more.
The Old Bloke & The Three Young Blondes 2011 is a top-end addition to the range – the name refers to the combination of old-vine Shiraz with Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne, and also to himself as the old bloke, and his three daughters, potentially the fifth generation of the family at the winery.
We've met with lot of winemakers but today's visit was pretty... different. Our chat with Chester Osborn will be on the website this afternoon - with a tasting of his latest wine, The Old Bloke and The Three Young Blondes. A photo posted by Imbibe (@imbibeuk) on Jul 22, 2016 at 5:08am PDT
The varieties are co-fermented (the final blend consisting of about 2.5% of each of the white varieties), resulting in a complex and compelling wine. Savoury and spicy overall, there's a real earthiness on the palate, alongside a light peach note, some nuttiness, a herbal touch and fine-grained tannins.
Launched earlier this year in Australia, Enotria&Coe is expecting stock mid-August.
The wine's name caused Osborn to be accused of sexism by Jane Thomson, who founded a wine society for women in Australia.
Osborn also showed a snapshot of the diverse wines he produces at d'Arenberg: a Roussanne entitled The Money Spider, an Adelaide Hills Chardonnay called The Lucky Lizard, The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon and The Derelict Vineyard Grenache.
The 72 wines produced by the winery consist of 37 different varieties – with at least two more being added in the near future. 'It's because of climate change – if it's going to be 2°C hotter, then we're going to need varieties for that,' Osborn explained.
As for the picture on the right, it shows Osborn with some props related to a few other wines, such as Stephanie the Gnome with Rose Tinted Glasses and The Dead Arm.
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