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"The Little Rascal" Gisborne Arneis 2013
GOLD MEDAL - Gisborne Region Wine Awards 2014. A full bodied, dry white wine rich in stone fruit character. Perfect with seafood and salads and best enjoyed young.
The Arneis grape is indigenous to Piemonte in North-West Italy. Its name literally translates to ‘Little Rascal’ in the local dialect which describes very well just how difficult this grape is to grow and vinify. Summer 2013 was stunning in Gisborne and this made for a very clean even harvest. The Bell Family Vineyard in Hexton was hand-picked, the fruit chilled and transported to Auckland for whole-bunch pressing and tank fermentation. Given Arneis’ rascally reputation we ensured that our winemaking inputs were kept to an absolute minimum.
At bottling the wine was very pale with light green tints. With time we expect that it will develop some pale gold hints.
Like a Chameleon! Sometimes it’s lemons and grapefruit, then it’s marmalade, then it’s peachy and sometimes a hint of feijoa is lobbed in.
Surprisingly rich, full and textural. The stonefruit character fills and the mid palate and gives the wine length and breadth.
We don’t believe that Arneis is a wine for the cellar. Our experience with Arneis from other countries indicates that it is best in its youth, so 1 - 3 years from vintage.
Perfect with seafood and salads
Independent Reviewer's Comment
“Powerful, full-bodied wine, vibrantly fruity, with rich, ripe flavours of pears, spices and herbs and a dryish, long finish. Delicious, all-purpose wine, drinking well now onwards.” Winestate Magazine 2014
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A full bodied, dry white wine rich in stone fruit character. Perfect with seafood and salads and best enjoyed young
Gisborne Region Wine Awards 2014
AUSTRALIAN ALTERNATIVE VARIETIES WINE SHOW 2014
4 1/2 Stars
Winestate Magazine 2014
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