First Drop ~ Vivo Arneis 2014

First Drop ~ Vivo Arneis 2014
£15.75 / bottle£179.55 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: Australia
Wine style: Crisp Light Whites
Wine Type: White Wines
Grape variety: Arneis
Wine region: Adelaide Hills
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Wine Type: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: Now to 2019
ABV: 12.5%

Tasting Notes

Sadly I no longer have this vintage but I do have the fabulous 2015 Vivo Arneis for you to enjoy.

The story

It is a while since I first tasted this wine and I had forgotten how wonderful it is. It's made from Italian grape variety, Arneis, more usually seen in Roero Arneis DOC from the Piedmont region of Italy.  It used to be used more frequently in blends e.g. in Barolo to soften black grape, Nebbiolo, but is increasingly being seen as a varietal.  Grown on the right soils - preferably chalky and sandy like the vineyards north of Adelaide where the grapes for this wine were grown - the grapes can develop into wines with great acidity, structure and perfume.

The wine

Quite pale in colour with a slight green tinge, this wine displays aromas of fresh apples, pears and lime cordial with hints of almond.  What strikes you first on the palate is the crisp acidity - this really is a very refreshing wine. The almonds are more evident on the palate together with the apples, pear skin, limes and a hint of white pepper and honey. This wine is really well made; the grapes are carefully handled and the wine is not shown any oak in order to retain the primary fruit flavours.  The result - a quite complex wine with a long and refreshing finish.

Food Pairing

Makes a lovely refreshing aperitif and works well with a wide range of food (except creamy sauces) - try especially with fish and seafood such as scallops, crab, lobster and squid.

Producer's Notes

"Pithy, dry white - the ultimate summer cleanser - salt n pepper squid anyone?

Colour: pale straw with tinges of green

Bouquet: Nashi pear and passion fruit with a hint of lime

Palate: Nashi pear and pithy fruit flavours dominate with lime zest and minerality making the palate long and zingy. Some say Sauvignon Blanc, I say Arneis!"

N.B. Nashi pear is also known as Asian or Chinese Pear; it is apple-shaped and flavours are similar to the European pear


93 points     James Halliday     Aug 2015
"Crisp and pleasantly edgy, with citrus zest, pear skin and minerally acidity coming together convincingly. One to watch, with time if you have time."

Really zesty white wine, oozing pears, almond and lime flavours. Works well as a summer aperitif and with a variety of food especially fish and seafood.  If you like Sauvignon Blanc or other lighter, crisp wines, you will love this wine

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