Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

Michelini Wines 2021 Arneis

- With Anita McPherson

AS the new season approaches and the days become longer we all seem to get a bit more of a spring in our step.

While we go forward ready for whatever the pandemic throws in our way, nothing will stop our spirits being lifted by a little sunshine and some warmer weather.

The state of play means that if you can get out and about you probably should, and there couldn’t be a better time for sampling new release wines that will suit a lighter menu.

One of the varieties which should be firmly on our radar in North East Victoria is Arneis and Michelini Wines in Myrtleford, where you can try it as part of their range, is well worth a visit.

The white grape variety pronounced “Ahr-nase” comes from the North West Italian region of Piedmont and the name translates to “the little rascal”.

It seems appropriat­e; with the word “racy” also coming to mind when it comes to its fresh and zesty character.

Michelini Wines Arneis has a lightly golden colour and a gentle aroma of lemon and nectarine fruit.

It is bright and lively with lemon and lime flavour, there is a backdrop of stone fruit and a mineral freshness with the zing of citrus acidity on the finish.

It makes an ideal choice with seafood, chicken and most lighter meals; the crispness on the palate particular­ly good when indulging in cheeses or creamy sauces.

Get out and enjoy your freedom while you can - because it turns out this is a race. About $25.

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