2010 Yarraloch Estate Arneis

A variety that is finding a comfortable niche in Victoria's cool climate Yarra Valley where the conditions suit much like in its original home Piedmonte. There it is used to enhance and perfume Nebbiolo. From vines grown at nearby Coombe Farm and Murramong, this is the sixth vintage of Arneis from the boutique Yarraloch winery.

This 'little rascal' (the Piedmontese translation) invariably heads the Alternatives section of the better wine lists to be found around the traps and it is easy to understand its inclusion amongst such company. 

My notes say that in the glass a pale yellow hue with an inviting, clean citrus peel aroma and some herbal pear and ginger notes too. An attractive palate revealing a floral, citrus zing at the front end and notes of pear, lime and toasty nuts in the mid part. There's a touch of oak creaminess to complement the mineral acid backbone. Soft gravelly tannins on the back end and a refreshing dry finish. A vibrant and beautifully balanced, textural experience. 

Source: Restaurant Wine List. Alcohol: 12.5%. Closure: Screwcap. Rating: 92 Points.

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