Port Phillip Estate Quartier Arneis 2010

You don't see a lot of arneis in Australia.  On my first tasting, I was not particularly pleased with it, and described it as follows:

this wine's aroma was marred by a quite strong, unattractive sulphury, struck-match aroma.  The palate was fairly bland - I can only call it as a fairly neutral white wine type of flavour - perhaps pear like is a fair call.  It could have been an off bottle, but reading the winery's own tasting notes, they refer to struck match too, so maybe not.  78 points.

My second tasting of the wine showed my first tasting to have been of an off bottle.  This wine had medium intensity aroma of lemon pith, struck match and a minerality to it.  On the palate, the wine showed lemon pith, lemony length and was quite lively, with a pang of flavour that is not dissimilar to that which I sometimes taste in biodynamic wines.  85 points.

Price: $26
Abv: 13.5%
Website: http://www.portphillipestate.com.au
Tasted: December 2010, January 2012
Mornington Peninsula
December 15, 2010


stu said…
It's obviously growing in profile though. I've tasted an Arneis from K1 by the Hardys recently - unlike this, attractive aroma, quite sweet and strong peach on the palate - also First Drop have released one too.
Stu - agreed: I really quite like the varietal. Helen's Hill in the Yarra Valley do one too from memory that I thought was pretty good. This one I suspect was a bit faulty: maybe some reduction from the screwcap, or, perhaps like my cooking, a heavy rather than deft touch was applied in the winemaking.


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