Alternative Range - Adelaide Hills Arneis 2014


Alternative Range - Adelaide Hills Arneis 2014


Region - Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Vineyard - The fruit for this wine was sourced from a single vineyard ‘Badgers Creek’ in the cool foothills of the Kuitpo Ranges in the southernmost regions of the Adelaide Hills. This vineyard provides both cool days and temperate nights which are ideal for the slow ripening of Arneis.
Arneis originated from the Piedmont region in North Western Italy. The name Arneis when translated means little rascal because it is regarded as a difficult variety to grow.

Growing Conditions - Adequate winter rains followed by a warm August / September set the vintage for near perfect conditions. The vineyards maintained good shoot length, canopy coverage and bunch numbers. A January heatwave nearly undid all the great lead up work until 90mm of rain fell and slowed the ripening down. The result was excellent growing conditions that led to fantastic wine.

Winemaking - Harvested in the cool of night to retain freshness and fruit integrity. The grapes were destemmed and pressed cold in a pneumatic bag press. The juice was then racked to ferment with a yeast strain specifically selected for European varieties. The wine was lees stirred for 3 months to help build texture and mid palate weight. This wine remained unoaked and has been bottled young and fresh to help retain its youthful vibrancy
Winemakers tasting notes - This wine is quite different to the alternatives we have made in the past. The aromatics are quite austere and show characters such as camphor, dried flowers, hints of ripe pear and subtle apricots in the background. The palate is savoury and lined with a crisp natural acidity that gives the wine immense focus. The fruit is of white flowers, pear juice and hints of apricots and almonds. The soft texture from lees stirring fills the mid palate whilst the natural grape phenolics provide further texture to the wine. It is a very thought provoking wine and one which will intrigue and tease as the bottle empties. I can’t wait to see how this wine ages!
Analysis - pH 3.49 | Alc. 14% | TA5.7g/l
Awards - 94 pts, 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion

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