The Italian white grape Arneis is getting popular worldwide, but fifty years ago it was almost extinct. Originally planted to distract the birds from Piedmont’s more important red variety, Nebbiolo, Arneis was named ‘Little Rascal’ because it was also a troublesome crop, yielding small quantities of disease-prone fruit. But a hard-working local producer revealed the variety’s inherent charms and while it’s famous expression is still Piedmont’s Roero DOCG, producers in cooler climates from California to Australia and New Zealand produce typical Arneis with its elegantly fresh but aromatic nature, subtle pear and stonefruit flavours and perhaps even the classic note of almond.
2015 Coopers Creek SV "Little Rascal" ArneisRichard CaroA cheap pirce for a local icon of Arneis! The Little Rascal is named from the Italian origin of the word Arneis, the grape being a bit of devil in the vineyard. But this slight impracticality ... read moreElsewhere up to $22.99 Save $6.00 $16.99 in mixed 6+ or $18.99 per bottle