Following the successful opening of the d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale, the winery continues to challenge convention with the re-design and launch of a new product that is available exclusively for purchase at cellar door.
The Daddy Long Legs Extra Rare is a fortified wine, described as "wonderfully rich and concentrated, hand bottled, and released only in tiny quantities".
Fourth-generation family member, Chester Osborn, who assumed the position of chief winemaker at d’Arenberg in 1984, set aside 15 barrels of very old, high-quality fortified wine at that time.
These barrels were left to slowly mature, topped up when necessary, using only the same carefully aged wine.
With an average wine age of over 50 years, only two barrels remain, with 50 bottles available in the first release of this wine.
The solera of old wines that contribute to The Daddy Long Legs has been going since 1928.
A blend of grenache, shiraz and mataro, the wine is presented in an octagonal box, the bottle resting upon eight legs, The Daddy Long Legs is available exclusively at d’Arenberg’s cellar door. It retails at $500 for a 100ml bottle.
Given the price, probably more a collectors' item than a quick Friday night drink.