Australia is a good place to be a lizard. The country is home to over 800 reptiles and they come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Among all of them, a native species called Bearded Dragon is one of the most fortunate. This rough looking but friendly fellow spends the summer days soaking up the sun in the vineyards of d’Arenberg, occasionally ending up in the loads of grapes that arrive to the winery on harvest time.
Inspired in the way these lucky little guys escape every time thanks to the winery’s gentle crushing system, the winemakers named this Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills Lucky Lizard. To our good fortune, wildlife is not the only one that has a reason to celebrate thanks to d’Arenberg: anyone who stumbles into a bottle of Lucky Lizard Chardonnay can also call themselves lucky.
The wine offers a balanced compromise between the rich, overly generous Aussie Chardos that many have become used to expect, and a fresher, more elegant style often seen in Old World bottles.
Aromas of pineapple, nectarine and ripe lemon blend with a tangy touch of ginger and a delicate hint of smokiness, a souvenir from the wine’s 7 months long holiday on oak barrels. On the palate, the citrus becomes creamier, lemon curd-like and there’s also a bit of toasted almond presence.
It’s the best of both worlds: it shows refinement but doesn’t hold back, it’s approachable but never boring, voluptuous but not excessively explicit.
TRY AND BUY LUCKY LIZARD CHARDONNAY AT “d’ARENBERG CHESTER CHAMPIONS” OFF-LICENCES [€21.40]
Febvre Wines has partnered up with a series of off-licences across the country to create in-store visibility, host in-store tastings, run competitions and sell the wines at a special price from October to December 2016. These retailers will be known as the d’Arenberg “Chester’s Champions”
Dublin: Martin’s Off Licence, Fairview, Dublin 3; Shiel’s Londis, Malahide, Co Dublin; Redmond’s of Ranelagh, Dublin 6; and Donnybrook Fair Dublin 4
Kilkenny: The Wine Centre, Kilkenny City
Cork: O’Donovan’s, Cork
Galway: Woodberry’s, Galway City
Laois: Egan’s of Portlaoise
Northern Ireland: McSwiggans of Magherafelt and Fairley’s Wines, Coleraine.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.