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Arrivo Rosato di Nebbiolo

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The people behind the Arrivo label are a little nutty when it comes to Nebbiolo. So much so, it’s the only variety they make. That’s the problem with this Italian varietal, the people that love it, get a little obsessive in their pursuit of making the perfect replica. Even in this pink incarnation it stays true to its varietal roots and shows the true essence of the Nebbiolo grape. It’s perfumed with rose, a hint of raspberry and subtle spice. For a Rosé the palate actually shows some real grip and tannin, it’s drying but ultimately mouth-watering and pairs well with fish as well as spicy foods.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Bright salmon pink.

Bouquet: The bouquet is beautifully perfumed with notes of faded rose petal, raspberry and a hint of spiced (cloves) citrus peel.

Palate: The savoury palate has real weight and texture from the structural acid and grainy tannins, and wonderful vibrancy. The finish is long, dry and mouthwatering, showing superb poise and balance.

ARRIVO Awards & Accolades

"Don’t you feel a warm inner glow at the sight of this bowl of fishy goodness? In the end the flavours are perhaps more about the earthy aromatics of the root vegetables in the stocks and the fresh green herbs. Wines with soup can be a little, well, fluid, but it’s most important that the glass carry on once the last salmon meatball is gone, and that it suits the weight and concentration of the dish. This Adelaide Hills rosé should not be freezing out of a fridge, as it shows all its energy and aromas as it approaches room temperature – roses, cherries, and garden herb florals, yet it’s dry, intense and re-calibrates your senses." - Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, August 2010

"Subtle fennel, baked terracotta – very nebbiolo like – with loganberry pips. Has chewiness, earthiness and mouthwatering peel with lingering acidity and grip. This is rose for red wine drinkers and I do so want to drink this (and I certainly have since the tasting). Fabulous stuff." 95 Points - Tim White, The Australian Financial Review, September 2010

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Arrivo Rosato di Nebbiolo

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Rose can come from just about any dark-skinned grape, but this has an innate fragrance, brightness and crispness that sets it apart. Purposeful and intelligent style. Electric light-red in the glass, this nebbiolo rose delivers a seriously brisk style with plenty of spark and verve. The nose has light wild strawberry fruits and gentle fragrance, really making a statement of the variety. The palate’s crisp and delicious, with superb acid crunch, lithe red-fruit flavours, cherry stone and a little grip to sharpen the finish to a shining point.
The Age/SMH - Good Wine Guide
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
The folks at Arrivo reckon that all their wines mature slower than they first expected – they are all made using nebbiolo, after all – so they’re working to ease up on the release dates. Even the Rose drinks better between two and four years of age, than it does in its first year – they say. That is, it’s something of an ageworthy Rose. Still settling down. There might even be a slight amount of spritz here. It tastes of licorice and earth, tar and orange peel. It’s got a fair amount of grip – it’s very, very tight. It should start to drink beautifully around autumn next year. Lots of tang. Lots of length. I like the way it’s shaping up.
Wine Front Monthy, July 2010
Louise Radman (2009 Vintage) says
A savoury and sophisticated, dry rose style. Opens with the delicate allure and perfume of the nebbiolo grape. Nostalgic tea rose threaded with green peppercorn spice and citrus. Gently poised and soft with raspberry, plums and toffee apple crunch.
The Adelaide Advertiser Magazine, Nov 2010
Matt Skinner (2009 Vintage) says
Peter Godden and Sally McGill handcraft some of the most expressive examples of nebbiolo in Australia. This is a dry and savoury rose, further aided by the small addition of finished lunga macerazione wine. Smells include red currant, potpourri and bramble, while the palate is mineral with a lick of dry tannins.
SHOUT Top 3, Home Beautiful, Dec 2010
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
Seems funny to say ‘hold off’ on a rose, but I reckon this Arrivo Rosato di Nebbiolo (2008) will be a better drink given a few extra months in bottle - it will probably be at its best in late summer/autumn 2009 (which is probably the best time of the year to drink rose anyway). I loved last year’s release and I really like this too. It’s a great style of rose. It’s got lots of dry tannin, lots of fruity acidity, notes of nectarine and rose petals, dried herbs and chalk. Love the dry, grippy finish - it’s a winner in my books.
Winefront Monthly, October 2008 2008
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A savoury twist of maraschino cherry fruit and bright red apple fragrance. Nebbiolo chew on the palate makes a savoury impact, gently drying tannins fan out through the finish, bright acid too.
Wine Business Magazine 2008
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Arrivo's nebbiolo-based rose was one of only two rose-style wines in last year's edition of The Big Red Wine Book. The follow-up release romped in too. This was released for last summer, but it'll probably drink even better in the summer of 2009-2010. It's a wine of great style and, unusually for a rose, has a good deal of tannin, which should help to extend its life. Rose petals, dried herbs, chalk - you get the drift. Savoury and sure and sublime.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Cherry, strawberry and spicy fruit aromas and flavours; slightly unexpected sweetness on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
This book was meant to be a Rose Free Zone, but a few were so good that I couldn't hold them back. This is a first release, and it is absolutely fabulously gorgeous. 2007 RELEASE Think of sweet, ripe red table grapes pureed and then cleaned up into a bright, translucent liquid - the slightly herbal grip of their skins still detectable in the juice. Then add alcohol, and imagine flavours of grapey, Turkish delight-like flavour. If that sounds delicious to you, then whammo, we're onto something seriously special here. If it sounds a bit light and sweetish for your tastes - then this won't be for you. Admittedly, it will drink far better in autumn, spring and summer than it will in the upcoming winter. DRINK 2008-2010.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Delicate but clear-cut strawberry and cherry blossom aromas; has structure and length, crisp and vibrant; this is what rose should be about.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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