PO Box 151, Aldgate, 5154
Cellar Door: Not
Ph: (08) 8370 8072
Arrivo is an exciting new, if small scale development as they are solely focussed their 1 ha vineyard on producing Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo is the famous northern Italian red variety most famously grown in the Piedmonte region.
It is a joint venture between wine scientist, Peter Godden and wine importer, Sally McGill. Peter does the wine-making and both handle the viticulture. Despite the small size there are 7 clones in the vineyard. The first release was from the 2004 vintage.
Good examples will have the complex, perfumed, silky seductiveness similar to the best Pinot Noirs but often with mouth-filling chewy tannins that needs plenty of bottle age. It has proven to be an even more fickle variety than Pinot Noir to grow outside of its homeland which makes this venture particularly brave.
Peter was told by the late Piedmonte winemaker, Giovani Conterno to avoid bottling the Nebbiolo ‘until the tannins melt like candle wax’. The Arrivo Lunga Macerazione (Italian for long maceration) certainly shows firm and drying tannins from extended skin contact (as employed by the traditional Barolo wine-makers) but are not going to need 20 years before they are approachable.
There are currently make three wines from their Nebbiolo. There is a standard (made in the contemporary style), the Lunga Macerazione (made in the traditional long maceration and more tannic) style and a Rosato di Nebbiolo (a rather meaty and savoury Rose).
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Arrivo Nebbiolo 2008
Purchased: Not ($60)
(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, more in the vein of the strong 2006 vintage, perfumed, musky and savoury red cherry, redcurrant and plum with mint and rose petal notes, medium bodied and minerally with vibrant acidity and persistent chewy and dusty tannins, a light touch of cedar-chocolate on the finish (****1/2)
Arrivo Rosato di Nebbiolo 2009
Purchased: Not ($25)
(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, one of the few Australasian Roses that is not a “Saignee”(bleeding) by product, this is picked and fermented separately to their other wines and it shows, there was some minor sun burn from the vintage heatwave and wine is slightly fuller and sweeter than the 2008, tangy raspberry and strawberry with attractive lees savouriness and rose petal florals, the addition of a portion of the Lunga Macerazione gives some extra depth, crunchy acids and fine tannic grip, finishes with liquorice and flat cola notes (****1/2)
Arrivo Nebbiolo Lunga Macerazione 2007
Purchased: Not ($115)
(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, the ‘lunga macerazione’ refers to the long 2 and a half month maceration the grapes went through to increase the density and tannins in the manner of traditional tannic Barolos, deep, firm and tarry plum and redcurrant with dried herb, menthol and rose petal notes, more profound savouriness and minerality than the standard, the Barolo-like sheets of chewy astringent tannins will challenge those who try opening this up too soon but it is good to see a producer prepared to take up the challenge of making a top flight Nebbiolo, a better vintage and extra vine age may see this realised (****1/2)
Arrivo Nebbiolo 2007
Purchased: Not ($60)
(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, the hot drought vintage did not bring the best from Nebbiolo, riper than the outstanding 2006 but still one of best couple examples from Australasia, musky strawberry, raspberry and plum with dried herb, rose petal and menthol notes, savoury and medium bodied palate with a streak of minerality, finishes with a firm cut of acidity, lingering dusty tannins and a touch of flat cola and dark chocolate (****)
Arrivo Rosato di Nebbiolo 2008
Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($22)
(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, aged for five months on lees and has a portion of oak aged wine, this is a lot meatier and fuller bodied than most Australian Roses, tangy red cherry and rose petals with some of the Nebbiolo’s earthy savouriness coming through, mouth-filling slaty acids and some tannic chewiness, will polarise consumers but I was happy to pick up a bottle to have with some tapas during the summer months (****)
Arrivo Nebbiolo 2006
Purchased: Randalls, Albert Park, Melb ($60)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, picked a couple if weeks earlier than optimal to avoid severe weather, richly perfumed with a cherry and mint nose, the long and complex palate shows layers of red cherry, strawberry and cranberry with tar, musk , dried herb and cinnamon notes, become meaty and savoury with cedar coming through on the end but not overpowering, chassis of firm grainy tannins, one of the handful of seriously good Australian Nebbiolos, will leave half a star space in the the ranking to see what they can achieve in an optimal vintage as the vines mature (****1/2)