This must surely be the front-runner for the weirdest name for a D'arenberg wine, or any wine for that matter. Anyway, it's a dry, slightly butch, Rose style made from pinot noir, cinsault and Mourvedre, and it displays scents of plums, red fruits and soft, sweet spices on the nose, with hints of florals. The palate is light to medium-bodied with juicy red fruit flavours, a slight grip from the tannins, bright acidity, and a dry, succulent finish.
Our mate, Stephanie the Gnome, is not too
fussed about his funny name. A jolly little
fellow, after a few sips he sees life through rosè
coloured glasses. He only needs to look at his
stable mates to see that oddball names have
never hurt a d’Arenberg wine.
Stephanie is also comforted by the fact he is
named after Savigny-lès-Beaune in Burgundy, a
region famous for the main grape variety of this
The appearance of this wine alone gives an indication that it is a rose unlike
others, a rose with structure! A true mixed basket of red Pinot fruits leap from
the glass, raspberries, cherries and dessicated strawberries. We also sense the
presence of Cinsault with its lifted lavender soap aromatics.
More red fruits on the palate but then, intriguingly, we are met with orange pithy
notes which provide a mouthwatering frame of chalky tannins. A lovely peppery
note on the finish presents a beautiful contrast with the red berry fruits.
This is a serious, dry style rose packed with pretty, varietal Pinot Noir
characters doused with complexity through Cinsault and Mourvedre.
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d'Arenberg Stephanie the Gnome with Rose Tinted Glasses