d’Arenberg unveils eight-legged packaging for Daddy Long Legs wine

Australia’s d’Arenberg has unveiled a limited release fortified wine aged for more than 50 years called Daddy Long Legs Extra Rare, housed in a striking spider-shaped holder.

The creepy release is available at the cellar door at AU$500 per 100ml bottle

Chester Osborn, who became chief winemaker at d’Arenberg in 1984, set aside 15 barrels of very old, high quality fortified wine following his appointment, which were left to slowly mature in a solera and have been topped up when necessary ever since. 

Made from a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (Mourvedre), the original fruit was crushed by foot treading and basket pressing, with the fermentation stopped by adding grape spirit and then aged in casks. The average age of the wines used in this release is more than 50 years, with wines in the solera dating back to 1928.

Only two barrels remain, with 50 bottles of the Daddy Long Legs Extra Rare being made available.

Described as “wonderfully rich and concentrated”, the Daddy Long Legs Extra Rare is presented in an octagonal box, with the bottle resting upon eight legs, and retails at AU$500 for a 100ml bottle, available exclusively at its cellar door.

The wine takes its name from the shed in which these barrels have been housed, which is inhabited by hundreds of Daddy Long Leg spiders…

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