d’Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2017
- Australia, 750ml
A consistently great and award winning McLaren Vale Shiraz. Generously rich with amazing fruit weight and balanced, chewy tanins. Brimming with ripe red fruits and an underlying layer of subtle oak, as well as a hint of pepper.
- Winery: d'Arenberg
- Varietal: Shiraz
- Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
- Vintage: 2017
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: Minimal Sulphur Dioxide added
- Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
The Name - Joseph Osborn was a successful racehorse owner and Footbolt was the pride of his stable. In 1912 he made the hard decision to sell his horses to purchase the d’Arenberg property.
Since 1912 the Osborn family have tended vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Today fourth generation family member, Chester, makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.
1850 - 1899 - Born in Truro, Cornwall, Joseph Rowe Osborn is the firstborn son of William and Elizabeth Osborn, who had emigrated to Victoria in 1854 and 1857 respectively. From the age of six, Joseph grew up in Richmond, Victoria. An enthusiastic Australian rules footballer, Joseph Osborn plays for the Richmond football team from 1871 to 1874, and is club secretary in 1873. Despite being a teetotaller, Joseph Osborn joins Thomas Hardy Limited, Wine Merchants, as company secretary. Three years later, together with Hardy’s sons, he becomes a partner in the firm. He is appointed director when the company is renamed Thomas Hardy and Sons Limited in 1894. Joseph and wife Mary Jane Osborn had four children. Their eldest child, Mary Elizabeth, was born on 21 April 1884; their second, Edward, was born in 1885 but died on 6 December 1888. Two more children followed: Francis Ernest (Frank) on 15 April 1888, Edith Florence on 21 February 1891.
1912 - After failing to obtain his medical degree due to ill health, Frank Osborn is encouraged to take up life on the land. After this news, Joseph Osborn sells his much loved stable of prize winning horses to purchase the d'Arenberg property in McLaren Vale, originally named Bundarra. The first new vines are planted on the property, eight acres of Shiraz grapes, but only about four of the acres survive. In 1913 Frank Osborn harvests his first vintage at the Bundarra property in McLaren Vale, a total of 100 tonnes, and the grapes reaching the ‘unheard of’ price of £20 per tonne.
After returning from The Great War, Frank Osborn marries Helena d'Arenberg at St Peter’s College Chapel in 1920 and their first child Jane Antoinette (Toni) Osborn was born followed by her two other siblings, Rowen and Francis d’Arenberg (d’Arry). Sadly Joseph Osborn passes away in 1921, aged 67.
Frank Osborn's brother-in-law, and wine industry mentor, Sam Tolley, encourages him to build a winery and produce his own wine. Frank is convinced, and spends some time at Ryecroft learning about winemaking. For his first vintage, Frank Osborn produces a heavy dry red table wine and a port in 1928, made entirely for the export market to cash in on the Commonwealth export bounty of four shillings per gallon. The wine is labelled ‘Bundarra Vineyards by F. E. Osborn & Sons’. d’Arry leaves school at the age of 16 to work in the winery full time. Frank Osborn dies after long-term ill health in 1957.
In 1957 named in honour of his late mother, d’Arry Osborn launches his own wine label with a distinctive red stripe, inspired by happy memories of his school days at Prince Alfred College, where he wore the crimson-and-white striped school tie. d’Arry also designs the family crest, featuring the Latin phrase Vinum vita est which translates to ‘Wine is Life’, hence the fertility symbol in the top right corner and grapes in the opposite corner.
The 1960s sees the growth and modernisation of d’Arenberg, exploiting new technologies (hydraulic basket press and bottling line) and the opening of several Tasting Rooms which attracts increasing numbers of visitors. Most importantly however, Chester Osborn is born, son of d’Arry and Pauline Osborn.
During the 1970s d’Arenberg wins multiple industry awards and d’Arry is awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his service to the Australian wine industry. Chester, after graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1983 he becomes the Chief Winemaker of the family business. In 1984 Chester releases his first vintage, the first d’Arenberg barrel-fermented Chardonnay which was an immediate success. The remainder of the 80's and 90s saw the launch of new varieties, accumulation of multiple awards and expansion of the winery. Chester now becoming a well-respected and recognised winemaker in Australia (and most likely worldwide).
The early 2000s sees even more, many more Australian and International awards being won, including d’Arenberg being named as the International Winery of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Golden Retriever Coco is adopted into the Osborn family, the first of a several much loved winery dogs. The winery and d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant continues to enjoy great success - a truly inspiring family business.
‘I aim to make the loudest, most aromatic, fruit-flavoured wines that have great palate texture and are free of obvious oak. I look for tannins that are long, lively, gritty and youthful, with fragrant fruit minerality.’ Chester Osborne
- Gold - 2019 McLaren Vale Wine Show
- Gold - 2019 China Wine & Spirits Awards
- 93/100 Points - Nick Stock, James Suckling
- 92/100 Points - Joshua Green, Wine & Spirits Magazine
- 91/100 Points - Martin Field, Noosa FM
- 8 / 20 - Regan Drew, Vino Notebook
- 4 Stars - Newcastle Herald
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