The final tasting note for a little while as I concentrate on food over the next week.
Hitting the highland of Victoria with an Italian variety that is starting to find its feet in Australia
Sam is a third generation winemaker from an Italian family that moved to Australia in the 1930s, settled in Griffith and bought grapes from the families in the King and Alpine Valleys in Victoria. It was interaction with those grapegrowers that convinced Sam that living and working in the King Valley was where his future lay. A trip in 1991 to the region sealed the deal.
The fruit for this wine comes from two vineyards across the King and Alpine Vineyards. This is proper cool climate viticulture, the cooling winds flowing down through the valley at night leading to naturally high acidity and crisp flavours in the wine.
An extremely pale lemon-green concoction, almost clear as water, sets the tone. Lots of lychee and melon aromas straight up into elderflower and white, almost unripe, stonefruit – peach and nectarine leading the pack.
A palate of lemons and limes, lychee and passionfruit with a slight melon edge and the faintest of touches of apricot, all tied into a finish that lingers just enough to want that second sip.
Is this the most complex Arneis around? Almost certainly not, but that’s not the aim here. It’s overtly simple, all the touches are primary fruit, but there’s something about this that gives it charm.
Call it more-ish-ness; but in any case, I’m reaching for another glass.