Remember with Arneis, it isn’t French, so don’t leave off the “s” at the end, pronounce each letter: Ar-Nay-Is. It originally comes from the North West of Italy in the Peidmont region and translates as “little rascal.”
Pizzini, Arneis, King Valley, 2017
Opens with a herbal, vegetal (not in a bad way) nose: fresh coconut shavings, light tobacco, green nettles and almond husk before pear fruit and clarified butter. The palate is almost unexpected whip crack tight with the acid turned right up to cut through green pear and white nectarine fruit. Day 2 sees it open up with sweeter honeysuckle notes. Wonderfully vibrant now but has plenty of cellaring potential.
Rating: 17.5 /20
Wine sample courtesy of Pizzini Wines