First Drop Vivo Arneis is yet another example of the modern invasion of classic Italian grapes. It is fresh, appley, briney. On the lighter side, with a bit of juiciness in the middle. First Drop Vivo Arneis is simple, refreshing, and ready to go right now.
First Drop Vivo Arneis goes perfectly with natural oysters.
First Drop Vivo Arneis Adelaide Hills 2021, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Two friends, Matt ‘Gantos’ Gant and John ‘JR’ Retsas, brought First Drop into being in 2004. First Drop makes wines to drink rather than pontificate upon. Their base is the ‘Home of the Brave’ in the heart of the Barossa Valley. The house style of First Drop is silky, textural, drinkable wines with a hint of funk and a lot of interest. They source an eclectic range of varieties and produce a diversity of wine styles. The fruit comes from vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Barossa. The packaging completes the wines, engaging and often humorous labels and stories behind them.
First Drop Vivo Arneis Adelaide Hills 2021 Wine Review
“From a parcel in Kersbrook, this has aromas of lemon blossom and wet stones with a gently herbal edge. The palate has some lees-derived texture with a compact and lively feel. Crisp and gently grippy with a dry, lively and tangy apple and lemon finish. Drink now. Screw cap.”
This is a big and varied region. Basically, it stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part, where its altitude is quite high, you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
Arneis translates to ‘little rascal’ because it can be a pain to grow! It is the most complex of the whites used in Piedmont. Made both as in the Roero DOCG and Langhe DOC. In the 1970s, only Vietti and Giacosa were growing and producing Arneis. Thankfully it became more popular. It makes mid-weight wines tasting of sour apple, grapefruit and white flowers. The best I’ve had are Chablis-esque.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the special terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.