While travelling in Piedmont, we were impressed by the local Arneis wines. On our return we planted a small block of the variety in our Marlborough vineyard on the Tuamarina track. We believe that working with nature produces a wine that is a true expression of our land and better for the environment, the grower and our customers. For that reason, our vineyard is fully certified organic by BioGro from harvest 2014. Additionally, all canopy management, fruit thinning and harvest is done by hand.
The pretty orange-yellow Arneis grapes are picked as soon as the flavours have fully developed. As the volume produced is small, the juice is fermented in small stainless and oak barrels. Lees stirring and ageing in old barrels contribute to the wine’s complexity and mouth feel. Lex and Franzi believe in minimal intervention in the winery to retain as much flavour as possible. Therefore the wine doesn’t go through cold stabilisation and natural sediments can sometimes occur..
This Arneis is a dry, crisp and aromatic white wine. Look for fruity (citrus, stone fruit, pear) and floral aromas, with a hint of herbs (fennel, aniseed) and a finish of bitter almonds.
Arneis is an ancient white grape variety from Piedmont in Northern Italy. It is pronounced “Are-nace” and rhymes with place. Arneis means little rascal in the local Italian dialect because it is apparently difficult to grow. On the post is our black cat Pearl; she is a little rascal indeed.
Tua Marina Vineyards Arneis is made to share with friends and enjoy with Italian / European food. Try it with fish and shellfish, pasta with olives and pine nuts, risotto with porcini mushrooms and pecorino, fennel gratin or salad Niçoise. Naturally it matches perfectly with fresh and local products from Marlborough. But why not try to find the perfect match yourself?
Lex and Franzi
Tua Marina Vineyards Ltd
1167 Tuamarina Track, RD 3
Blenheim 7273, NZ
03 572 52 75 or 021 187 30 28