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Wines Once Upon A Wine tried:
- Pollyanna Polly Sparkling
- Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2014
- Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2014
- Footbolt Shiraz 2013
- Custodian Grenache 2013
- High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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Polyanna Polly Sparkling
|Polyanna Polly Sparkling
The Polyanna Polly Sparkling is a blend of 52% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 8% Pinot Muenier. It has characters of green apple and citrus with a creamy mouthfeel. A nice bubbles which was enjoyed with a delicious cheese platter. This wine won gold at the Royal Queensland Wine Show 2015. Good value for money at $28 a bottle. Once Upon A Wine loves the label too. This wine was named after the winemaker – Chester’s mother, Pauline who was known as this for being eternally optimistic!
Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2014
|Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2014
The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2014 is a delicious drop with pear, pineapple, lemon and citrus flavours. This wine can be enjoyed now or be aged for further development. Behind the name: during Summer, native ‘Bearded Dragon’ lizards that are present at the vineyard.
Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2014
|2014 Feral Fox Pinot Noir
The Feral Fox Pinot Noir is an example of a cool climate Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills region. This wine has lovely red berry fruit flavours such as cherries and plum. Behind the name: This wine is named after feral foxes which inhabit the Adelaide Hills region and their appetite for grapes, sometimes eating low hanging branches. But this enhances the quality for the higher ones which they cannot reach.
Footbolt Shiraz 2013
|The Footbolt Shiraz 2013
The Adelaide Hills region is known for their Shiraz wines. The Footbolt Shiraz has dark cherry, plum and blackberry fruit flavours with hints of pepper, spice and earthy notes. Can be enjoyed now or aged and is a value for money Shiraz at only $18 a bottle. This wine pays tribute to an original owner of d’Arenberg, Joseph Osborne who was a successful racehorse owner and Footbalt was the pride of his stable. In 1912, he made a hard decision to sell his horses to purchase the d’Arenberg property!
The Custodian Grenache 2013 is a medium bodied Grenache with plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavours. An affordable Grenache at only $18 a bottle. Behind the name, in the 1980s, d’Arry Osborne refused to remove his old Grenache vineyards. But it was a smart move as today, d’Arenberg is the holder of nearly 1/3 of the McLaren Vale’s old vine Grenache grapes, thereby earning its title of the ‘Custodian’.
High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013:
|High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has plum blackcurrant flavours with earthy notes. Was enjoyed with delicious Nutella aranchini balls! This Cabernet is versatile in that it can be enjoyed now or cellared for the medium term. Only $18 a bottle! Behind the name: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were planted in the 19th century and received its nickname as it was the first in the Adelaide Hills region to be trained above knee height.
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