Stanton first visits d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale, speaking to the son of the family Chester about his creative edge on the estate. Such innovations have marked d’Arenberg as not just a top wine destination, but a desired art gallery too. Even their labels are different from the rest, of various designs, and quirky names. D’Arenberg honour sustainable practice, and are the only winery in the country to basket press both their red, and white wines. Stanton speaks with Chester's dad Darry before tasting their expressive varieties: both the the Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne and The Dead Arm Shiraz.
Stanton travels next to Jim Barry Wines, in the Clare Valley, learning that Barry was in fact the first qualified winemaker to ever work in the region. She meets his grandsons, Tom and Sam, as they speak of their signature riesling, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon varieties. They also discuss their unique Assyrtiko, a wine that’s travelled all the way from Santorini in Greece. Stanton tastes their 2017 variety, astonished with the similarities to riesling on the nose, yet completely different on the palate. She also tastes their 2017 The Florita Clare Valley Riesling.
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White | 2016
The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale Viognier Marsanned'Arenberg
Red | 2015
The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shirazd'Arenberg
White | 2017
The Florita Clare Valley RieslingJim Barry Wines
White | 2012
Cellar Release The Florita Clare Valley RieslingJim Barry Wines
Unknown | 2017
Clare Valley AssyrtikoJim Barry Wines