2019 Pizzini Arneis
Varietal percentage: 100% Arneis
Picked: 22nd February 2019
Area harvested: 3Ha
Average brix: 22.0
Winter was relatively dry, but lots of snow on the Alps helped to fill dams and rivers in preparation for the growing season, which was even with near perfect conditions. With the prediction of a dry summer we chose to irrigate the vineyards during October to assist and maintain vine health. We also had a storm in December which produced 100mm of rain, which was very timely and helped to keep the vineyards in good condition for the summer temperatures experience in late January. Harvest ran smoothly helped by great weather. Grapes were in perfect condition and we are really pleased with the quality of all the exciting wines produced from vintage 2019.
The Arneis was machine harvested at night. The fruit was crushed, de-stemmed and pressed lightly to minimise extraction of any harsh tannins. The juice was inoculated with an Alsatian yeast and fermented at a cool temperature (14 – 15 °C) to allow the best extraction of varietal expression and aromatics. The wine then spent six months in contact with yeast lees to add complexity and to give more roundness and texture to the wine.
Fermentation vessel: stainless steel
Fining agent: Vegetable product
Type of oak: nil oak used
Filtration: cross flow
What an aromatic vintage, the colour is straw with lime green hues. The nose is very pretty with sweet floral and ripe pear characters initially exciting the senses then leading into subtle grassy undertones. The palate is full, flavoursome and complex with pear, candy and some quince characteristics. As the wine opens, the palate extends to apricots, almonds and hints of citrus, with our trademark bone-dry finish, lovely grainy texture and long length. Enjoy with spicy Thai basil prawns.
Total Alcohol: 12.6% Alc/Vol
Total Acid: 6.1g/l
Bottled: November 2019
Release: November 2019
Total pH: 3.11