Spring/Summer Wine 2017 – Part 3

King Valley in Australia was home to many of the Italian settlers, who found themselves here after world war two.  They planted their home grown Italian vines, including Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo, realising the potential these varieties had to thrive in the climate of the King Valley. Along with these varieties, came some of the lesser known indigenous Italian grapes, such as Arneis. Dalz Otto put themselves on the map for creating a Prosecco which received high acclaim.

Arenis happens to be a grape for which I have a particular fondness, as it has all the characteristics that I love. An up front fresh pear and crunchy apple; followed by a savoury and distinctly nutty.

This wine would be wonderful with any of our shellfish dishes, crab, lobster and scallops with their delicate sweetness, highlighted by the mineral undertones of this wine and complemented by its nutty finish.