Arno Wine Co. Semillon
It’s Barossa Semillon Jim, but not as you know it. In this neck of woods, Semillon tends to be made a little different to some of the other Australian wine regions. It’s generally picked later and aged in seasoned oak barrels, the resulting wine is broader, expansive and shows some toasty oak-derived influence in the glass.
Sticking to our manifesto of producing wines that are not only downright delicious to drink, but are versatile when it comes to food and wine matching, we’ve boldly gone the opposite direction and I’m sure you will love the results.
Focused, bright and energetic with a beautiful line of acidity that gets the saliva glands twitching and we reckon that a few glasses of this would be just perfect with some seafood off the bbq, or indeed just close at hand when you require a bit of a pick-me-up.
Arno Wine Co. Rosé
We’re all about delicious wines that you want to share with friends, or enjoy with your feet up at the end of the day. We feel rosé does just that, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and is oh-so shareable. We make ours fresh, dry and delicious! 2018 blessed us with some delicious bio-dynamic Cinsault grapes, along with organic old vine Grenache from thoughtful Barossa growers.
The blend in this wine is about 50/50 Grenache/Cinsault with the Grenache picked early to keep it light and fresh. We whole bunch pressed each component, and a wild barrel ferment followed, keeping in with our minimal thumbprint philosophy. A little lees stirring love for texture and mouthfeel before natural cold settling.
A dry-style rosé that is all flowers and fruit. Soft rose petal, strawberry and nectarine and fresh acidity. It’s perfectly paired to sunny afternoons.
Arno Wine Co. Grenache
Grenache. We like to think of it as the Barossa’s answer to Pinot Noir. Lighter in body and packed with flavour and spice notes, it is a variety that when treated with care and respect in the vineyard and winery, provides beautiful, savoury drinking.
We source the grapes for our Arno Wine Co Grenache from a vineyard of wise old bush-vines planted planted in the 1920s. As always, our aim is to treat the grapes as gently as possible, guiding them through the winemaking process without shoving them in a direction that they don’t want to go.
The wine leaps out of the glass with aromas of plum, cherry, Asian spice, purple flowers, gingerbread and wafts of gentle oak. It’s spacious and airy on the palate, with pure, delicious fruit and an energetic spark that drives it across the palate. A wine for ‘drinkin, not thinkin’ – a celebration of pure, delicious old vine Barossa Grenache.
Arno Wine Co. Mataro
Mataro is something the Barossa does really well. It seems well suited to the soils and climate here, no great surprise really when you consider its ancestral home lies around the vineyards of the south of France and Spain where it is called Mourvedre and Monastrell.
We source our grapes from the old bush-vines on the red/brown clays of the Greenock sub-region on the Barossa’s Western Ridge. Hand-picked and fermented with wild yeast, the small ferments are gently plunged by hand before a sleeping for 12 months on old, seasoned French oak hogshead barrels.
Deep and bright in a hue, it is a wine that resonates with the fruit aromas and flavours of red plum, dark cherry, blackberry and some higher-toned cranberry characters. Hints of exotic spice, roasting meats and violets mesh with gentle French oak nuances to present a compelling wine.
Arno Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon
Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is a very special thing. There’s none of that herbaceous, capsicum-edged aromatic edge that you’ll find in some of the cooler areas of our fine brown land. It’s a pure expression of both the soils and climate we are blessed with here in Barossa. It’s just a little more cuddly and approachable, certainly no less delicious and we just love it.
We harvest our fruit early by Barossa standards, retaining natural acidity, tempering the alcohol and keeping that freshness in the wine that we love. The Cabernet Sauvignon spends around three weeks on skins with no temperature control and we let it do its own thing, only pressing off when the wine is ready before ageing in old French oak barrels for 12 months.
Deep in colour with the classic Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon nose of blackberry, blackcurrant and dark plum fruits of impressive purity. It’s built for more robust red dishes so arm yourself with your red meat roast of choice and slide into a glass. Truth be told its pretty damn good by itself in from of a roaring fire too.
Arno Wine Co. Shiraz
Shiraz. Barossa. No real explanation needed there. The Barossa has forged its reputation as one of the worlds most famous wine regions on the back of the variety. We aim to produce Shiraz wines that sit at the medium-bodied end of the scale. Wines that are delicious to drink, bright and show clarity and detail of fruit without a heavy-handed winemaking influence. Wines that speak in clear tones of their variety, the earth from where they were grown and provide an accurate expression of the growing season. This is important.
The source for our Shiraz is a vineyard planted in the 1930s in Stonewell in the Barossa’s central valley between Tanunda and Nuriootpa. For us the two most important decisions are when to pick and when to press the wine. Picking at the right time allows it to retain freshness of fruit and richness of flavour without sacrificing ripeness of tannin and that is the key. We hand plunge ferment twice daily and when it is dry, we constantly taste the wine until we get the structure ad mouthfeel we desire. It then it goes to the press and spends 12-14 months on old French oak barrels. No pushing the wine in a direction it doesn’t want to go.
The result is a voluptuous wine, medium-bodied and redolent in pure, ripe dark plum fruits with hints of Asian spice, blueberry (which for us is characteristic of the vineyard), violets, frangipani high notes and soft, gentle French oak. Compact, bright, crisp and just delicious drinking.