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.
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.
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.
"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."