A taste of Australia…25th September

In the latest of our free wine-tasting events Julia Wright from Enotria Wines launches the welcome return of d’Arenburg wines to our shelves.  You may already be familiar with some of the wines from this fantastic Aussie winery in McLaren Vale – The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, Dead Arm Shiraz, Stump Jump Sticky Chardonnay and Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier – they’re names that tend to stick in the mind.  We were hugely disappointed when these cracking wines became unavailable to us due to a change in importer and we’re hugely grateful to Julia for bringing them back to their rightful home at BinTwo.

To mark the occasion we’ll be hosting an informal free tasting at BinTwo for just 20 lucky wine club members.  Friday 25th September, 7pm-9pm.  Booking essential folks!  email wine@bintwo.com  Over to Julia for a few words about herself and d’Arenburg…Julia seems like our kind of supplier and we’re delighted to welcome her to the extended BinTwo family!

Julia Wright (2)I have been in the wine trade for the past 15 years…. I sort of fell into really, through a love of wine. I completed my Wine and Spirits Education Trust Intermediate and Advanced Certificates (Ed: so she’s a bit of a wine boffin but too modest to say so)  then did a variety of freelance work including ad-hoc tastings and events for Wine Australia.

My work with them led to a role as Winery Liaison Manager for Mcguigan Simeon Wines working closely with Brian McGuigan. Following that I was a Brand Manager for Arrowfield Wines, also Australian.  

I then went on to become a self-employed sole trader selling wines to the on-trade here in Cornwall. I made the decision to sell my business 2 years ago as I missed being part of the wider trade, meeting the producers and the opportunity to travel etc.

Enotria is a very exciting company to work for. Arguably, the best wine supplier in the UK, they have an unrivalled portfolio of agencies and producers from all over the world and I am constantly discovering new wines, meeting new people– and getting paid!!  The great thing about the wine trade is you never stop learning and it is incredibly sociable!

The-Laughing-Magpie-Shiraz-ViognierStarted in In 1912 by Joseph Osborn, d’Arenburg is a world renowned, family owned, McLaren Vale winery that produces high quality, award winning Australian wines.  It was a small and humble start but over the years the vineyards have remained with the Osborn family and the wines have gained cult status amongst imbibers and judges.  The 1968 Cabernet Sauvignon won the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the 1969 Royal Melbourne Wine Show and the 1967 Red Burgundy (Grenache based) was awarded 7 trophies and 29 gold medals in Australian capital city wine shows.  By the 1970s d’Arenberg wines had become very fashionable, having gained a significant national and international profile in less than 20 years.

Enter the fourth generation, Chester d’Arenberg Osborn. From a very early age Chester was focused on continuing his family’s winemaking tradition.  After graduating from Roseworthy College and touring other Australian and European wine regions, Chester took over the reins as Chief Winemaker in 1984. He immediately set about returning the family’s vineyards to their traditional grape growing practices of minimal inputs and no fertilisation, cultivation and irrigation wherever possible, therefore achieving natural soil flavours with very low yields.

The winemaking processes of the past have been maintained, capturing the unique small-batch character of the wines and the true flavour of the McLaren Vale region. All grapes, red and white, are basket-pressed. The reds are still traditionally fermented with the grape skins (caps) submerged in open wax-lined concrete fermenters utilising the age-old technique of foot-treading.

Today, D’Arenberg is an internationally recognised wine brand commonly known as the ‘Red Stripe’ due to the distinctive diagonal red stripe that adorns the label.

Read more about d’Arenburg wines here