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2004 i - Arneis
Wine

Country of origin: Australia
Area/Appellation: King Valley
Variety/Style: Arneis
Cellaring: Drink now
Supplier Agent: Dromana Estate
Availability: Readily
Price Range: $25.00

Tasting Note:
With this new vintage there are more aromatics from a portion of Mornington fruit in the blend with King Valley, lifting the honeysuckle varietal to match the more delicate pear fruit.
The palate shows a softness and hint of sweetness that fills out the palate. Less like the Piemontese Arneis that previous vintages but a lovely Summer quaffing white.


"Arneis is a rare and, until recently, almost extinct white grape variety from north - west Italy. We believe our 1999 Arneis was the first commercially released wine from this variety in the southern hemisphere.

For our fifth vintage, the fruit was predominately sourced from the King Valley, where climate provides the wine with structure and intensity, along with a small amount of fruit from the Mornington Peninsula that adds fruit characters and aromatics.

Typical aromatic style winemaking techniques were used such as a cool fermentation in stainless steel, with the addition of whole bunch pressing to keep phenolics under control.

This Arneis is slightly fuller in flavour than previous efforts and the key elements are all there - unique aromas and flavours of pears, peaches, mineral and flint. Arneis really comes into its own when enjoyed with food, particularly with a light seafood dish such as squid of white bait. Enjoy it anytime over the next 2 years."

Winemaker: Rollo Crittenden
 

Food Match: Chicken salad
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