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James Halliday - Mixed dozen #39: great value whites

2015 Sassy The Ivor Orange Arneis
90 points

50/50% hand-picked/machine-harvested, whole bunch-pressed, 60% wild-fermented in tank, 40% with small French oak balls (similar effect to staves or chips), 6 months lees stirring. Complexity is the result, precisely as intended, of course; it is as much to do with texture as flavour.

RRP $24 | 2017

halliday wine companionJames Halliday Wine Companion | Publish Date: 21 Jul 2016 | Authored by: Casey Warrener

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SASSY WINES  This single vineyard winery is family-owned and operated by husband and wife duo Rob and Felicia 'Fliss' Coles. Their signature wine, the Arneis, is an ancient Italian white varietal that dates back to the 15th century. Their newish cellar door is simple and modern, with glass walls showcasing their vineyard views. The head winemaker, none other than Peter Logan of Logan Wines, is a big part of the process; the two vineyards share grapes and techniques, the Coles taking over the process in barrel phase.

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TheVinsomniac: Sassy Pinot Noir 2013

Spice, earth, cherry and wood; medium bodied, good level of juice, if not the keen level of aromatics suggest.


Very drinkable - if little to excite. 88

Tasted on: Tuesday 31st May, a Flower to Leaf day

Source: sample

Price: $30

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Screwcap




James Halliday, Wine Companion: Sassy "The Ivor" Arneis, Orange

Winery:  Sassy Wines

Region:  Orange

Variety: Arneis

Vintage: 2015

Rating:    90/100

Drink by: 2017

Price: $24  

Date Tasted:  22 Jan 2016

Alcohol: 13.3%

Wine Companion tasting note

James Halliday- Published on 07 July 2016

50/50% hand-picked/machine -harvested, whole bunch-presses,60% wild-fermented in tank,40% with small French oak balls (similiar effect to staves or chips), 6 months lees stirring. Complexity is the result, precisely as intended, of course; it is as much to do with the text as the flavour.



Corkscrew, Jim McMahon, Sassy 2015 "The Ivor" Arneis

Arneis originally hails from Piedmont, Italy but the 2015 Sassy 'The Ivor" Arneis comes from Orange-based Sassy Wines. Its nose offers alluring white pear and spice overtones. The palate is nicely textured, rounded and, features light hazelnuts, fig, hints of citrus, spice and some tropical fruits. The acids are nicely balanced and well interwoven. A great alternative to all the "same-old, same-old" in white wine styles. Try it you'll be impressed.

rrp $24

23th May 2016

Education Magazine


The Key Report, Vermentino and others whites

Sassy "The Ivor", Orange Region, Arneis 2015

It's easy to drink and enjoy this wine, but to taste, to let it linger as it travels across the palate, makes it something else.One could say it's a shy maiden, but with plenty of character when it's drawn out. Worth tasting, not glugging. 93 points and worth $24

Tony Keys, The Key Report. 2 June 2016

The 2013 Sassy Pinot Noir

The Sassy 2013 Pinot Noir (Orange Region) has a perfume that reminds me of black cherry, plum and reapberry with French vanillin oak sitting nicely in the background. The fruit on the nose cascades onto the palete (rrp $30).

 Education Magazine, Jim McMahon 30-May-2016

Specialise in Arneis & Pinot Noir

Also new is Sassy Wines, owned and operated by viticulturist Rob Coles and his wife Felicia, who specialise in arneis and pinot noir. The property was bought in 2004 and planted in 2005, and the wines are made by Peter Logan. The smart new cellar door, with a spacious timber deck overlooking the Sassy vineyards, is located on Emu Swamp Rd at an elevation of 900m.

Wednesday 1/06/2016

Sassy Wines, Arneis 2015: - Sunshine Coast Daily

From Orange, NSW. Arneis' (pronounced arr-nay-iss) spiritual home is in Piedmont, in the north-west of Italy. Made by Peter Logan of Logan Wines, this has a perfume of vanilla blossoms, citrus rind, bourbon casks and pear skin.  The slightly smoky, viscous body lends weight to the palate, while spiced citrus fruit carries long to a nutty, almost Manzanilla sherry finish. Pair it with grilled barramundi and brussel sprouts. 

Rating: 8/10  RRP: $24  Alc: 13.3%

Sassy Wines "The Ivor" Arneis 2015

This is an interesting arneis from Sassy Wines in Orange. The variety is at home in Piemonte in north western Italy where it produces low acid wines to be drunk in their youth, or historically, was blended to soften nebbiolo. Amazingly, for a relatively obscure variety, there's 153 hectares of arneis planted in Australia according to James Halliday (see J Halliday, Varietal Wines (2015, Hardie Grant, p111)). This is a good example of one. Stone, green mango and lemon aromatics give way to a palate with pleasant fennel, green cashew and citrus characters.

Rating: Good
Abv: 13.3%
Price: $24
Source: sample
Vendors and website:
Tasted: 2016

The Grape Obserever  Sunday, 1 May 2016

SASSY 2015 Arneis - Gympie Times

Yes, you don't see this style very often in Aussie, but this elegant Italian white wine grape variety is creating a buzz.  This is Sassy's third vintage and it's a morish winner.
FOOD: Cheese/fruit platter
RATING: 92/100
RRP: $24

Gympie Times Tuesday 26/04/2016 Page: 18

Sassy 2015 Arneis - Hobart Mercury

Sassy 2015 Arneis $24:
From Orange in NSW, this is a richer, more viscous drop than the Holm Oak, with intense herbal, pear and almond flavours and a dry, rather spirituous finish.

Tuesday 12/04/2016 Hobare Murcure Page: 38

Sassy (Orange) Arneis

Sassy (Orange) Arneis
PRICE: $24. This would surely be a hit at board meetings full of bravado and girls of the night which seem to go hand in hand with corrupt types.
RATING: 8.8/10.

Daily Examiner (Grafton) Friday 8/04/2016
Page: 20 Section: General News

Sassy (Orange) Pinot Noir

Sassy (Orange) Pinot Noir
PRICE: $30. How could you resist this for a hen’s party, an election party, a Madonna concert, or just a Friday night? Sass up guys this is good.
RATING: 9/10.

Daily Examiner (Grafton) Friday 8/04/2016
Page: 20 Section: General News

Sassy Wines Orange Arneis 2013

Sassy Wines Orange Arneis 2013 3 stars

Intense fragrances of pears and lychees and a really nice palate with similar flavours. $18

Winestate Magazine  Friday 1/04/2016
Page: 68  Section: General News

Recently Tasted- Wine Wise

2015 Sassy The Ivor Special Release Arneis
This Orange (NSW) wine is full of life and varietal character. The aromas and flavours bring to mind lemons and pears, and the textured palate finishes acid-fresh.
★★★★ - March 29, 2016

Sassy Pinot Noir - Huon Hooke

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Reviewed 28-Feb-2016. "Good value pinot"

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Orange’s high altitude in tune with pinot noir

Sassy 2013 Orange Pinot Noir, $30 4.5 STARS

TODAY'S focus is on the emerging Orange Region, the boundary of which is defined as 600 metres above sea level and upwards.

That suits pinot noir and this one comes from the Sassy vineyard at 900 metres.The wine is light bodied cherry red, has scents of violets and displays spicy raspberry flavour on the front palate. glacé cherry, spearmint, cloves and toasty oak show on the middle palate and the finish has earthy tannins.

Get it on and at the cellar door on the Eastern Heritage Trail at Orange.

Rob and Fliss Coles are experience vignerons, establishing a vineyard at Cowra 16 years ago, then moving to Orange to plant their 6.2-hectare arneis, pinot noir, riesling, pinot gris, shiraz and petit verdot vineyard in 2005.

Newcastle Herald - Saturday 19/03/2016

Sassy The Ivor Arneis 2015 - "Very Good"

SASSY Arneis 2015
Sassy The Ivor Arneis 2015
A new label to me and I like what I see.

This is the third release of this wine. Wild fermented, a small portion saw oak.

Peachy, a swathe of almond meal with a smattering of lemons. A handy substitute for Chardonnay for some I'd suspect. Tight citrus acidity. Plentiful fruit drives well through to a long textural finish. Worth grabbing if you can find it.

Very good.

Region: Orange
RRP: $24
Source: Sample


Q Wine Blog - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Grape Observer - Arneis 2012

Pleasant: Sassy "The Ivor" Arneis 2012
"Sassy's vineyard is situated at 900m above sea level in the Orange region, and the arneis vines were planted in 2009. To supplement the already cool climate, the grapes were picked early. I happen to like arneis based wines, and while I found this wine perfectly pleasant, I wondered whether it would benefit from a bit more hang time in the vineyard. The wine itself is bright and has a pale intensity and lemon colour in the glass."

The Grape Observer - 9-Mar-2013