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d'Arenberg's The Daddy Long Legs

d'Arenberg's The Daddy Long Legs [©d'Arenberg Wines]

The d'Arenberg Cube
d'Arenberg Wines


Chester Osborn and d'Arenberg are renowned for challenging boundaries and traditions. After successfully launching d'Arenberg Cube at McLaren Vale, winemaker Chester has released a limited amount of a hand-crafted fortified wine made from McLaren Vale grenache, shiraz and mataro, with a price reflecting its age and scarcity. 

Honouring the spiders who have long looked over the barrels where this wine was being created, it has been named The Daddy Long Legs and has stylish, quirky packaging to suit. Of course.

The Name: Over the years, legions of Daddy Long Legs spiders have kept a watchful eye over this wine, disturbed only to top the barrels.

The Vintage: In 1984, 15 barrels of very old, high quality fortified wine were set aside and left to slowly mature, topped up when necessary, using only the same, carefully aged wine.

Only two barrels remain. With an average age of over fifty years, the wine is wonderfully rich and concentrated, hand bottled as required, and released only in tiny quantities.

The Winemaking: The solera of old wines has been going since 1928. The original fruit was handled with the same gentle and traditional techniques still used in the winery today: foot treading and basket pressing.

To ensure sweetness and alcohol mingle harmoniously, fermentation was stopped by adding grape spirit, creating a balanced wine of great concentration, to be pressed and aged in casks.

The Daddy Long Legs exhibits a level of intensity and complexity that can only be achieved with time. Decadent, to say the least.

The Characteristics: The weight of history imposes itself upon you when tasting this wine.

As winemakers, we know that there are no modern tricks that enable us to produce a wine of this style quickly. Time and patience are our only tools. With each year that has passed, the Daddy Long Legs has taken another step in its evolution, culminating in this extraordinarily complex, rich and decedent tawny.

The nose bursts full throttle out of the glass. We’re hit by a multitude of aromas, candied walnuts, dates, prunes, burnt sugar and baking spices. The palate is full, rich and viscous.

Mouth coating and sweet like maple syrup, the charm and warmth of baked figs and Christmas pudding and the added complexity of grilled almonds and rich beef stock.

Decidedly rancio and fully evolved, but somehow with a freshness that belies its years. A long and warm finish caps of this vinous journey.

Take your time to fully appreciate the ethereal nature of the Daddy Long Legs, the limited nature of this wine means it may just be your only chance.

Alco/vol: 21.5%

RRP: $500 / 100ml bottle – limited stocks available at the cellar door only 

Read more in the press release here »


  • McLaren Vale (SA)

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