This is the ultimate summer cleanser. Forget your G&T, this Arneis from the cool climes of the Adelaide Hills will quench and refresh. Citrus and lime zest with a hint of nashi pear and minerality.
But this wine isn’t just an aperitivo tease. Its purity of fruit, zippy persistence, and finely textured finish make it the ‘perfect match’ for a feast of dishes. You’ll love it….we love it!
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
I’ve said it before, will say it again, it sometimes feel like it’s a two-horse race for cool stakes between vermentino and arneis in the newer white varieties floating around the Australian domestic wine production scene. For me, arneis is the clear winner from early efforts – more textural interest, more aromatic interest, takes on different winemaking permutations well and offers more in glass when done well. The best vermentinos in Australia so far show some complexity, but not to the loftier (comparatively) heights arneis can scale. Of course this is all pretty much generalisation and putting egg before chicken in some respects. This from First Drop lads and the Adelaide Hills.
Distinct anise/fennel character over lime, floral notes, cucumber. It’s darn fresh and vital in bouquet, and the vibe is echoed in the tight, chalky-textured palate. Flavours drag long, it’s easy to drink, finishes with gently sweet pear fruit character and has a clarity and purity that feels good. Texture builds with pithiness and talc-like minerality and it finishes with a nutty, briny saline quality. It’s not overly complex, but enough to be compelling, and the flavour profile holds interest coupled to the perfume. Good work. Good drinking. Like this a lot. Rating 92 - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front (DEC/2013)
Watery white. Almondy citrus aroma and green apple, pear and a stony overlay. Surprisingly rounded and ripe on the palate – but at the same time brisk and very fresh. Creamy texture, fresh acidity. Described accurately on the back label as 'the ultimate summer cleanser'. Well sustained.
Rating 16 - Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com (JUL/2013)
Bright straw. Pungent, mineral-accented aromas of pear, orange zest, jasmine and white pepper. Silky and palate-coating but also bracingly dry, with tightly focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a late note of succulent herbs. Rich but nervy wine, with excellent finishing cling and a touch of bitter pear skin. Rating 90 - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (JUL/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale straw, with tinges of green
Nashi pear and passionfruit, with a hint of lime
Nashi pear and pithy fruit flavours dominate, with lime zest and minerality, making the palate long and zingy. Some say Sauvignon Blanc, I say Arneis!
Fresh scallops with ginger and shallots; chilli crabs; salt n pepper squid; agnolotti al plin