Craig Viney (ex Two Hands) and family are behind this red, with the
label named after Craig's son Arno. Handmade, utterly small batch
wines, they're not easy to find, but the quality here is something else.
This Shiraz comes from a vineyard planted in the 1930s and you can see that old vine intensity and complexity oozing on through. Don't be fooled, however, this is medium-bodied Shiraz in every way. Elegant, even. And has a real heart and soul to it too.
The source for Arno's Shiraz is a vineyard planted in the 1930s in Stonewell in the Barossa’s central valley between Tanunda and Nuriootpa. For Arno, the two most important decisions are when to pick and when to press the wine. Picking early at the right time retains freshness of fruit and richness of flavour without sacrificing ripeness of tannin and that is the key. Arno hand plunge ferment twice daily and constantly taste the wine until the desired structure and mouthfeel is reached. The wine then 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.
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.
Bright fragrant raspberry and blackberry with supple tannins; succulent, lithe, and good.