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Holm Oak Arneis

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Arneis is another one of those groovy Italian varieties to make its way to our shows, and Holm Oak is the only producer of it out of Tasmania. It's a light, dry, savoury style of wine with very subtle stone fruit and spice aromas. The palate is a little tropical, but is mostly savoury and creamy with bright acidity, and a bone-dry finish. A nice chicken caesar salad would be the go with this.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine shows some interesting nectarine, honeydew and orange blossom characters on the nose, along with some more yeasty/solids ferment complexity. This wine has some great texture on the palate and finishes with fresh acidity.

The fruit for this wine is picked when it is showing lovely honeysuckle characters and still has great natural acidity. Being the coolest area where Arneis is grown in Australia we tend to get more floral, melon and citrus characters as opposed to the peach and almond characters that this variety is generally known for. Our aim with this wine is to make an interesting and complex food friendly wine with a textural palate and a savoury edge. We achieve this by fermenting the juice naturally and with relatively high levels of grape solids. The wine was left on gross lees for 3 months.

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Holm Oak Arneis

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
Arneis in Tasmania seems to have a future, if this is an example to lead by - it's lightly spicy, herbal and pear-drop orientated, with slippery texture and a bright, fresh feel. At this stage, you could say it is pretty simple, but it's delicious, shows subtle textural complexity and offers some exciting varietal expression. Kudos.
WBM Reviews September, 2014
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The juice is wild-fermented with relatively high levels of grape solids; while the bouquet is not communicative, the palate most certainly is, with tangy, unsweetened lemon juice flavours that give it startling length. The only arneis from Tasmania, the cool climate to its liking. 12.4% alc.
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Dec 2013/ Jan 2014
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Given its northern Italian home of Piedmont, it is not surprising this wine has more to say than most Australian examples. Citrus zest and pith, allied with white peach, and bound by flinty acidity catches attention in no uncertain fashion.
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Great to see this being explored in Tasmania. It offers lovely, bright pear and apple fruits, a flinty edge and lovely white stone fruits too. The palate is crisp and tangy, acidity sparks throughout, and the finish has lemon citrus and gentle nutty flavours, really dry and crisp.
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