This is the ultimate summer cleanser! Forget your G&T, this Arneis from the cool climes of the Adelaide Hills will quench and refresh. Citrus and lime zest with a himt of nashi pear and minerality. But this wine isn’t just an aperitivio tease. It’s purity of fruit, zippy persistence and finely textured finish make it the ‘perfect match’ for a feast of dishes. From fresh scallops with ginger and shallots to chilli crabs; from salt n pepper squid to agnolotti al plin. You’ll love it..we love it!
huonhooke.com, Huon Hooke, October 2017. Score: 90
Pale colour, like water. The aroma is very fresh and pepperminty, with bright, newly-fermented aromas and crisp, fresh, light but vibrant palate flavour. It's a bit straightforward but otherwise hard to fault. Very good intensity and drive.
Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, November 15 2017
Arneis is the white variety of Italy’s Piedmonte foothills region, and thrives in cooler to moderate regions here like the Adelaide Hills, as well as Victoria’s King Valley. The First Drop crew have been working with it for a decade, including earlier oaked styles designed to age, but this is much more a smack-down summer slide with its nose of lemons and tonic bitters, a faint waft of cut grass, with all that in spades as you taste and unwind with its terrific mouth of minerals and subtle salines for textural and salivating finishing feels.
jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, July 2017. Score: 91
A white with lemon rind, hints of celery and green apple. Some pear too. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Drink now. Best arneis outside of Italy.
100 Best Australian Wines 2017/18 Matthew Jukes, page 16
First Drop is between vintages, at the moment, so the big reds have taken a year off. Matt Gant informs me that they will be back next year and they better be because the public is crying out for the Fat of the Land! While these actors are resting, we are privy to a solo performance from Vivo, a wine which showcases the Arneis grape, more commonly found in Piemonte, in Italy. Matt Gant and John Retsas love their European grape varieties and this is a perfect plaything for their talents because it irts with exoticism on the nose and then ends up with tart, powdery acidity on the finish. In between it is a luge of cool, prickly, tangy, summery fruit. Vivo is a wine name you can shout, in fact it is a wine which demands an atmosphere. It craves huge ice buckets and chilled glasses. It wants to be invited to parties and then be the last wine standing. It wants to be the centre of attention and it will be with a flavour like this. Quietly at first, Vivo, Vivo, then a little louder, Vivo, Vivo, I hope a barman is listening, louder still Vivo, Vivo…