Sassy’s vineyard is situated at 900m above sea level in the Orange region, and the arneis vines were planted in 2009. To supplement the already cool climate, the grapes were picked early. I happen to like arneis based wines, and while I found this wine perfectly pleasant, I wondered whether it would benefit from a bit more hang time in the vineyard.
The wine itself is bright and has a pale intensity and lemon colour in the glass. It opens to medium intensity and developing aromatics of almond meal, earth and pear skins. The palate sees medium to high acid, light alcohol, light to medium body and low to medium intensity flavours of pear, tangy lemon and short to medium length. The tangy lemon and acid combine on the palate to give quite a crisp slightly acidic finish that I found mostly pleasant, if perhaps a touch out of balance with the acidity poking out. This wine is ready to drink now. Acceptable
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