93 pts ‘Best Buy’ Wine & Spirits January 2021
“That’s just beautiful.” I don’t often write those words for a $20 wine, if I write them at all. While Chester Osborn may be farming 37 varieties and making many more wines, he has in no way neglected this classic. In fact, this is the best d’Arry’s Original in recent memory, though Chester’s father, d’Arry Osborn, mayremember better since he created the original “Burgundy” blend in the 1960s. This is a lovely, bright, sassy wine, more about elemental sensations than any direct fruit. The grape-skin freshness of its tannins seems to reflect the cool, late vintage, delivering a sensation like the pure brisk feel of snow melt. The texture is supple, with some rocky edges, and there’s a spice to the wine, a bright fruit character shadowed by gamey notes. Simple, classic and delicious.”
91 pts Wine Spectator 11/30/20
Juicy, plump cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavors mingle with vanilla bean, mocha and nutmeg details in this red. The tannins are firm, and there’s a savory, sanguine note in the background, plus a lingering hint of roasted chestnut. Shiraz and Grenache. Drink now.
91 pts Halliday Wine Companion Aug 2020
“Excellent release. It has some volume. Raspberry and black cherry with saltbush and briar notes. It holds up well through the full length of the palate. Recommended.”
91 pts James Suckling May 2020
A very attractive array of raspberry-driven aromas with a sleek, drinkable palate. Super fine tannins carry redcurrant, red-plum, raspberry and blueberry flavors in linear mode. Stunning value, like a good Cotes du Rhone.”
First released in 1993, this wine was renamed d’Arry’s Original in honour of third generation family member Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, universally known as d’Arry, to honour his lifelong services to the wine industry.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. This wine does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling
This wine is highly aromatic, with pretty red fruits and exotic spice. The palate is medium bodied and delicious, showing wild strawberry, dried cranberry and rhubarb flavours. There’s some nice dried herb and baking spice nuances to this wine, supported by decent amounts of acidity and tannin. It’s fresh and vibrant now, however, this wine will mellow further with some age.