Empirica Arneis 2021

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Empirica Arneis 2021

RRP: $29.00

Region: Pemberton
Variety: 100% Arneis
Alcohol: 13%



First Vintage of this varietal pays homage to the old world styles of Roero and Langhe.
This small-berried traditional Italian variety got its name as a troublesome grape from grape growers due to its erratic ripening habits and temperamental nature during fermentation.
When it grows well it can produce very delicate expressive flavours.
Subtle fruit, with a mineral/briney palate tied together with attractive notes of acacia flower and vanilla. The palate is fresh well textured and with bright acidity giving length. The finish shows notes of nectarines, and honey with almonds.

Tasting Notes (PDF Download)

The 2021 season posed some challenges with rain in early February followed by unseasonably cool temperatures delaying the start of the white harvest, although slowing everything down and allowing the flavour to develop was the benefit in the end.
The rain and cooler temperatures gave reds a much-needed drink, allowed colour to intensify and the following warmer finish allowed them to maximise flavour expression.
In the end, vintage 2021 started late, finished early and across the board quality very, very good!

Fruit was harvested in the early hours of the morning to maintain the freshness and aromatics of the fruit. Following four days cold soaking on skins prior to ferment to enhance mouthfeel and aromatic extraction. 25% of the parcel had further skin contact for the first third of ferment before pressing. Warm textural ferment in stainless steel
No sulphur is used in the winemaking process until closer to point of getting wine ready for bottling.

Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.3
T/A: 6.45g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.1g/L

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