The origins of d'Arenberg date back to 1912, when Joseph Osborn purchased the Milton Vineyards, located just north of the townships of Gloucester and Bellevue - the area now known as McLaren Vale. His son, Frank Osborn, greatly expanded the vineyards and sold fruit to local wineries until he was able to finish constriction on his own cellar in 1928. It wasn't until 1943 that Frank's son Francis, known by all as "d'Arry", returned from school to help his ill father run the business. In 1957 he assumed full management, and by 1959 Francis had launched his own label - d'Arenberg - named in honor of his mother. Today, the winery is operated by the family's fourth generation, Chester d'Arenberg Osborn, although d'Arry is still very much involved. In June 2004 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his contributions to the wine industry and to the McLaren Vale region, and in 2006 his 80th birthday was celebrated with a specially commissioned poster.
d'Argenberg "The Laughing Magpie" Shiraz-Viognier is a vibrant, aromatic and distinctive wine with an enticing nose of dark fruit, black pepper and sweet spice. The fruit is even more expressive on the palate, with bright notes of raspberry, plum, blackcurrant and blueberry enhanced by underlying spice and a hint of savory oak. This wine will benefit from bottle age and while enjoyable now, will drink well over the next 15 years.
Product of Australia
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%