d’Arenberg Nostalgia Rare – Wine Review
Nostalgia is rare, it’s a complex combination of feelings able to move you to tears while putting a smile on your face, it’s a testimony of our bittersweet relationship with time and a powerful yearning that reminds us what truly makes our hear beat.
In the entrance of the d’Arenberg winery on Osborn Road, there is an sculpture by South Australian artist, Craig Ellis, commissioned by winemaker Chester Osborn. The hand-shaped artwork seems to be coming out of the McLaren Vale’s ground and was created to represent and honour the family behind d’Arenberg wines. Four out of the ten fingers represent the four generations who already left their mark, and the remaining fingers are detachable, created with future generations in mind. Seeing it, you can almost picture in your mind a touching father-and-son scene where the phrase “one day son, all this will be yours” would fit perfectly.
d’Arenberg Nostalgia Rare is a different work of art, one that not only captivates the eye with its deep caramel hues, but that also entices more senses thanks to its lavishness both in taste and texture.
With aromas that evoke crème brûlée, praline and sultanas, it sweetness comes announced and once on the palate, you pleasantly discover that is not an overwhelming syrupiness, but a well balanced match between a sturdy 20.5% ABV, a moderate acidity and the intense sugar levels that make dessert wines deserving of such name.
Its marmalade, toffee and butterscotch flavours bring back childhood memories of a generous Halloween bounty or a trip to a classic sweet shop, and this nostalgic taste is complemented by a ripe peach and dried citrus character that adds depth and freshness. Spices such as cinnamon, clove and vanilla reminds you of Christmas afternoons in which mom baked something delicious and the house was warm and filled with the aroma.
TRY AND BUY DEAD NOSTALGIA RARE AT “d’ARENBERG CHESTER CHAMPIONS” OFF-LICENCES [€31.95]
Febvre Wines has partnered up with a series of off-licences across the country to create in-store visibility, host in-store tastings, run competitions and sell the wines at a special price from October to December 2016. These retailers will be known as the d’Arenberg “Chester’s Champions”
Dublin: Martin’s Off Licence, Fairview, Dublin 3; Shiel’s Londis, Malahide, Co Dublin; Redmond’s of Ranelagh, Dublin 6; and Donnybrook Fair Dublin 4
Kilkenny: The Wine Centre, Kilkenny City
Cork: O’Donovan’s, Cork
Galway: Woodberry’s, Galway City
Laois: Egan’s of Portlaoise
Northern Ireland: McSwiggans of Magherafelt and Fairley’s Wines, Coleraine.
Gaby ProfileGabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.