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Forrest ‘The Doctors’ Marlborough Arneis 2013

26 October,2017
The Arneis variety, native to Piedmonte in Italy is one of a number of alternative whites that are being evaluated for suitability in New Zealand. John Forrest is certainly among the keenest to trial innovative wines and styles, and he has had the variety in the ground since 2006, planted in the stony section of the Gibson’s Creek vineyard in the centre of the Wairau Valley. The first release was the 2008 vintage. Although not seen as a wine that is meant for long-term cellaring, it has the ability to keep relatively well. Forrest Wines has held back a small amount of the 2013 to see how well it has aged, and they deem it as developing nicely. They will be putting it out in a Library Release soon. Here is my review of the wine. I agree with their assessment, the wine having intensified with time in bottle.


Forrest ‘The Doctors’ Marlborough Arneis 2013

Arneis from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with very good depth and intensity of white stonefruits and white florals, and a suggestion of nuts and an amalgam of herbs and minerals. Dry to taste, the palate has richness and intensity with a firm core with concentrated flavours of white stonefruits entwined with nutty notes, herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is crisp and thirst-quenchingly dry with brisk acidity, and the wine carries along a fine-textured line of fruit extract and phenolics, leading to a light, clean, nuanced finish. This is a very dry, mouthwatering Arneis with very good depth and concentration of white stonefruit, herb and mineral flavours, Match with seafood over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Gibson’s Creek’ vineyard, cool-fermented in tank to 11.0% alc. and 1.1 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 250 cases made. 18.0/20 Oct 2017 RRP $25.00
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