2008 Adelaide Hills Arneis
This wine befits the name. The purest free run Arneis juice, barrel fermented, lees aged with batonnage for 8 months, bottle aged for 2 years. The result is a complex and textural experience that evolves post decant, taking you on a journey from late 90s South Australian barrel fermented white to Southern Rhone white to White Rioja. It’s a trip, just like the label!
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July 2012, Josh Raynolds.
2008 First Drop Wines Arneis
Home of the Brave Adelaide Hills
Light yellow-gold. An explosively perfumed bouquet features vanilla, clove, poached pear and honey. Lush and creamy in texture, offering powerful, oak-spiced orchard fruit flavors that show a slightly bitter edge. Finishes smoky and long, with lingering oak and floral qualities.
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SA Weekend Magazine Liftout, The Advertiser, by Tony Love, 12-03-2011
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The Wine Front, December 2010, Gary Walsh
FIRST DROP WINES HOME OF THE BRAVE ARNEIS 2008
Plenty of oak, barrel ferment and lees stirring for eight months – very interesting.
Smoky sulphide and oak, almond friand, lemon curd and toffee – an intensely flavoured mouth-filling cacophony of a wine, but one that engages as you probe its layers. It’s fat, rich and textured, but tempered with sufficient acidity and an attractive flintiness that pulls it tight on the finish. Crisper lemon flavours shed light. Lots going on, and with the caveat that you’d have to enjoy Big Whites and the acknowledgement that it’s perhaps not for everyone, I think it’s a very good wine. And a success.
Rated : 92 Points
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