2018 Pizzini Arneis
Varietal percentage: 100% Arneis
Picked: 22th February 2018
Area harvested: 3Ha
Average brix: 22.0
The 2018 growing season provided many challenges including some extreme weather events such as rain, humidity, windstorms and heatwaves. The King Valley had 80mm of rain in November providing some deep watering for the vines, which held them in good stead with the extreme temperatures encountered throughout December and January. Throughout February the King Valley had some classical ripening conditions with high 20 to low 30 degree-days followed by the beautiful cool nights and the cooling King Valley breeze that runs through our vineyards. Yields will be average this year, which bears well for some top quality grapes and some intense, flavoursome wines.
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 light 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: 13.9% Alc/Vol
Total Acid: 6.1g/l
Bottled: July 2018
Release: August 2018
Total pH: 3.11