“The Little Rascal” Select Vineyards Gisborne Arneis 2017

$20.00 incl GST

Cuisine 4 Stars, March 2023. A full bodied, dry white wine rich in stone fruit character. Perfect with seafood and salads.

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Winemaker Notes
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. The fruit was hand-picked, chilled and trucked to Auckland. It was then whole bunch pressed and tank fermented to allow us to retain all of Arneis’s juicy goodness. Bottling day was 11th Oct 2018.
Analysis
Alc 13% Acid 5.7 g/L Res sugar 4.2 g/L pH 3.44
Tasting Notes
Colour: At bottling the wine was very pale with light green tints. With time we expect that it will develop some pale gold hints. Bouquet: 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. Palate: Surprisingly rich, full and textural. The stonefruit character fills and the mid palate and gives the wine length and breadth.
Cellaring
Arneis ages surprisingly well into the mid-term. In the bottle it seems to become fatter and richer while still remaining fresh and approachable
Food Matching
Perfect with seafood and salads
Suggested Wine List Description
A full bodied, dry white wine rich in stone fruit character. Perfect with seafood and salads.
Independent Reviews
“Pale in the glass – belying its 6 years in bottle – this arneis has aromas of apple and pear with a nutty note that adds complexity. The palate is juicy with great weight and a baked-apple flavour alongside savoury characteristics and an intriguing aniseed twist.” Cuisine Magazine, March 2023 “This fleshy, weighty wine has strong, vibrant, peachy, slightly spicy flavours. Scented, with excellent intensity and harmony, it’s an ideal, all-purpose, dryish wine, offering delicious drinking from now onwards.” Michael Cooper, March 2019
Awards
4 Stars Cuisine Magazine, March 2023 4 1/2 Stars/Best Value Buy Winestate Magazine 2019

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