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Arrivo Nebbiolo

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Somehow the Adelaide Hills has become Australia’s answer to Piedmont with its ability to turn out impressive interpretations of Nebbiolo. Arrivo are so serious about the Nebbiolo grape that it’s become the only wine they specialise in. This is what you’d describe as a profound wine, one you can get lost in, as it’s so vivid in aromas. Be seduced by smells of roses and violets, berries and anise before a richly textured palate of sweet fruit and classic fine-graned tannins. Hedonistic stuff, that requires hearty foods with strong flavours.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Bright cherry-ruby red

Bouquet: The intense bouquet shows notes of deep red roses, dark berry fruits, truffle and anise. Deep and profound.

Palate: The palate is generous and vibrant with sweet, dark fruit, and the floral and anise notes follow through from the bouquet. The supple, fleshy tannins and balanced acidity carry the flavours through to the long finish, with a characteristic Nebbiolo tannin/acid tweak.

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Arrivo Nebbiolo

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Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 Arrivo has a bright and lively thread of redcurrant, red cherry and licorice root on the nose, distinctive nebbiolo aromas too; already complex. The palate is full of juicy fruit appeal, really lithe and assertive, full of energy and drive, elegant and balanced. Terrific wine.
Good Wine Guide
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
The notorious heatwave of 2008 has produced a rounder and more drying expression of Arrivo, but it has done nothing to interrupt the beautiful varietal expression of this benchmark nebbiolo. Rose petal, potpourri, liquorice and blueberries are kept in line by firm, fine tannins and vibrant acidity.
Wine Taste Special Edition 36
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A finely crafted New World nebbiolo whose spicy, floral and faintly minty aromas of red cherries and briar reveal wild, meaty and nutty undertones. Supported by fine-grained tannins, it's smooth, long and cultivated, with a plush ripeness of sweet cherries and dark berries that extend towards a leaner, firmish, drying and savoury finish punctuated by bright, racy acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Very youthful and alluring, with perfume, depth and delicious fruit artfully backed by meaty, savoury qualities and subtle complexity It's floral and minty, powerfully scented and cherry-like, with a vibrant presence of spicy red fruits and earthy nuances underpinned by a fine, firm chassis of drying tannin. Long and supple, with the tightness, focus and savoury qualities of a Marcarini, it has all the elegance and completeness to age with grace and charm.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
The quality has drifted on this over the past couple of releases, but its first effort (from 2004) was so good that we still retain the faith. As a wine its full of interest. Take a swig and it seems light, though there is a good deal of in-built complexity - dried tobacco, sour cherries, woodsmoke, tar and dried fennel - and, of course, bolts of grippy tannin too. It has a thrust of acid and a sense of power, regardless of its weight. Its a good wine but difficult to defend at the price.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Excellent hue and depth for the variety, with no browning; a crystal-clear bouquet, then an extremely savoury palate with some green bean characters and seemingly high acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
The first release was the 2004 and it was a cracker (93 points). Look out for the upcoming 2006 Arrivo Lunga Macerazione - it was left fermenting on its own grape skins for a whopping seventy-two days, and sounds fascinating in all respects. 2005 RELEASE It's very nearly in the class of the 2004 but it's slightly marred by exuberant notes of eucalyptus, which stick daggers into this wine's Italianate heart. It's otherwise a leathery, tarry, juicy wine, fronted with tannin and then long and (appropriately) bitter through the finish. It drinks a lot better after a few hours in a decanter; this bottle tasted significantly better on the second night. DRINK 2010-2016.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Vibrant flavours in the savoury/briary/lemony end of the spectrum; for the true believers.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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