Helen’s Hill Arneis the characters of pear and almond are typical, sometimes even peach and honey. Often best enjoyed in its youth, while crisp and fresh, Arneis makes a wonderful partner for fish and lighter dishes such as Pasta Primavera.
In the 16th century the Piedmontese followed their Easter pagan ritual of the questa della uova with a sort of trick or treat where cheerful groups would go from farmhouse to farmhouse singing “non fatemi anadar via senza una bottiglia di Arneis!” (don’t make me go without giving me a bottle of Arneis!)……we have to agree!Hand picked, whole bunch pressed and left to ferment with wild yeast in old French oak barriques, this Arneis displays classic delicate scents of flowers and fruit with almond nuances and an extra depth of complexity and heightened mouthfeel.
In the local dialect of Italy’s Piedmont region, Arneis means ‘little rascal’, a nod to the difficulties this tricky grape can cause winemakers. When they get it right though, complex, aromatic wines are the result.