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Tua Marina Vineyards 2015 and 2014 Marlborough Arneis

30 March,2016
Lex Thomson and Franzi Grab own Tua Marina Vineyards on the Tuamarina Track. There, they have 4 ha of Sauvignon Blanc, planted in 2003, and 1,000 Arneis vines planted in 2008 and 2009, the latter after being impressed by the wines when travelling in Piedmont. Lex and Franzi are trained viticulturists and winemakers, Lex running the Viticulture Practice consulting business, and Franzi a technician at Plant and Food Research, Marlborough. Together, they tend the vineyard, which was certified BioGro organic from the 2014 harvest. The Sauvignon Blanc fruit up to now has gone to the Framingham winery, and the Arneis wines made at Framingham under contract. From 2016, the fruit will go to, and the wine will be made at Seresin Estate. Here, I review the 2015 and 2014 Arneis. www.vitpractice.co.nz/Tua­­_Marina.html

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Tua Marina Vineyards Marlborough Arneis 2015

Arneis from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20
Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with oft aromas of bright white and yellow stonefruits entwined with apple and nutty elements, unfolding nuances of flinty lees and minerals, herbs and a suggestion of lanolin. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate possesses good depth and concentration of vibrant white stonefruit flavours along with subtle herb, nutty, waxy and lanolin notes. The wine has drive and follows a fine phenolic thread with fresh acidity lending firmness and linearity. The wine carries to a crisp, refreshing finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is a fresh and lively, softly concentrated Arneis with stonefruit, nutty and lanolin notes. Match with seafood and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2-3 years. Arneis fruit fermented in two seasoned oak and two stainless-steel barrels to 13.5% alc. and <2 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees with batonnage. 1.022 bottles made. 17.5/20 Mar 2016 RRP $28.00

Tua Marina Vineyards Marlborough Arneis 2014

Arneis from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5+/20
Brilliant light straw-yellow colour with slight lemon hues, lighter edged. This has a fresh and steely, elegantly presented nose of white stonefruits melded with herbal and savoury nutty layers at the core, the aromatics showing the beginning of softening secondary development. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, soft and moderately deep flavours of white stonefruits and nuts provide a rounded mouthfeel. Light, lacy acidity provides energy and tension and the wine has linearity, carrying the wine easily to a soft and gentle finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is a soft and evenly presented Arneis with stonefruit and savoury nutty flavours. It is drinking well now and will match seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2 years. Arneis fruit fermented in a seasoned oak barrel and a stainless-steel barrel to 13.5% alc. and <2 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees with batonnage. 508 bottles made 16.5+/20 Mar 2016 RRP $28.00
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