Single Vineyard Arneis 2022
October 2020 welcomed the beginning of budburst and the start of the 2021 vintage. Extensive work in the vineyard in the lead up to and throughout the growing season, along with abundant rainfall, saw the vines bounce back from the stress experienced during the drought conditions of 2019-2020.
While the rains were welcome, the cooler and wetter season presented its own challenges requiring long hours in the vineyard to maintain ideal vine and fruit health. Under vine mulching, application of organic fertiliser, multiple passes of leaf plucking and canopy trimming resulted in optimum fruit to leaf ratios and excellent fruit quality.
These extra hours and attention to detail were rewarded with an abundant harvest of exceptional complexity and subtleness, producing aromatic, elegant and flavourful wines.
Hand harvested on 31 March 2021. In the winery, the Arneis was gently whole bunch pressed. The lightly fined juice was racked to stainless steel with a portion racked to older French oak barriques for fermentation. The portion in tank was then fermented at cool temperatures to retain varietal character and freshness. The use of older oak and the extended aging on lees adds texture and complexity. The wine was then blended, lightly fined, filtered and bottled in November 2021.
Elegant and balanced with powerful aromas. An autumnal fruit bowl, with nashi pear, almond and ripe apple scents melding with jasmine, hay and orange blossom. Lively and juicy with a full and textured palate thanks to ageing on lees. Perfectly balanced with hints of lime and green apple. A refreshingly crisp finish.
Ideal serving temperature 8-10°C
Cellaring potential 2 - 3 years
Food pairings: Grilled Swordfish or Frittelle di Zucchine
93pts - Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion, 8 June 2022
Varietal composition 100% Arneis
Total acid 6.2g/L
Final pH 3.19
Residual sugar <5g/L
Alcohol 13.0% by volume