This is a lovely white wine from an amazing winery. I’m not normally a Chardonnay man but d’Arenberg’s The Olive Grove 2007 is stunning. Very refreshing, not overly sharp or too full bodied. Very drinkable and quality wise it is on a par with d’Arenberg’s The Laughing Magpie which was near perfect (albeit a red wine). The real bonus of The Olive Grove – which is one third aged in new and older American and French Oak barriques for 7 months – is that Sainsbury’s have been selling it for around £5 a bottle off the shelf, which makes it a winner everytime. I easily polished off a whole bottle as I was enjoying it so much. I’ve also had their 2008 The Hermit Crab (Viognier / Marsanne) and it was equally lovely. It seems that d’Arenberg cannot put a foot wrong in my eyes!
“The appearance is pale with a brilliant straw colour and clear hue. The aromas are fresh, tight and light. The dominating notes are of melted butter and popcorn, white peach stones and nectarines. As the wine opens there is a mix of ripe red apple, spices, cinnamon and citrus, with a hint of oak. This is a lovely dry, medium bodied wine that is most enjoyable now and will continue to develop further complex fruit and bottle age characters over the next 8 to 10 years from release.”
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