Varietal percentage: 100% Arneis
Picked: February 2021
Area harvested: 3Ha
Average brix: 22.0
Winter 2021 was the wettest winter we had seen in 10 years, slow steady rains helped to penetrate the soil and provide good moisture to the vine roots. Vine health was high and vine growth very strong which provided some extra pressures in terms of vine management. The steady rain stopped and we had a cooler than usual summer which meant the vines spent more time in the optimal temperature range for flavour and phenolic development (between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius). These ideal conditions resulted in what winemakers refer to as a ‘vintage year’, where optimal conditions result in high quality and reasonably high yield. The last time we saw such great conditions was in 2002.
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
The colour is straw with lime green hues. The nose is shows floral and ripe pear characters initially exciting the senses then leading into subtle grassy undertones. The palate is full, flavoursome and complex with pear and subtle 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: June 2021
Release: July 2021
Total pH: 3.11