Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival - 1-May-2016
Sassy Wines will be at this year's Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival Sunday 1 May 2016 at Boronia Park from 11am to 5pm. The festival is a community fundraiser, with all profits going to local community projects.
Come along for a great day!
Arneis, an Italian White Wine Variety
As the wine-aware public grows within Australia so does their interest in alternate varieties, Arneis is one of these varieties. Australia is the biggest grower of Arneis outside Italy accounting for 13% of world production. The main locations of plantings are in the cool climate wine area such as Orange, Adelaide Hills, King Valley, Southern Highlands, etc
Arneis( pronounced arr- naze )sometimes known as Nebbiolo Bianco it is a very old white grape variety found NW Italy in Piedmont. Records going back to the 1470 first mentioned. In the 1800s Arneis was used to blend and soften the tannins of the locally grown red variety, Nebbiolo. It was also planted in the nebbiolo vineyard every second row to attract birds away from nebbiolo, the more valued red grape. As the nebbiolo winemaking skills improved so the need for Arneis planting declined. Plantings were reduced to 2 vineyards only post WW2 where, luckily it was saved from certain fate by 2 concerned Italian grape growers resulting in an active replanting programme resulting in Arneis white table wine production.
The name Arneis means "little rascal", or "difficult one" referring to its history in the vineyard. Improved clones have alleviated these problems as well as improved the flavor. For the traveller to Italy Arneis would be found as the table wine in any local cafes, pizzerias and restaurants in Piedmont, NW Italy. It is drunk fresh and young with meals and rarely aged.
Arneis can have aromas of almonds and peaches and flavours of ripe pears, white grapefruit, citrus with a hint of herbs and anise.
Depending upon how it was made it can be fresh and fruitful or austere and lean. It can be matched with white meats, fish, veal, vegetarian dishes and cheeses or just on its own.
Sassy Wines has made Arneis since 2012. We have embraced Arneis and made it into 3 different styles, sparkling wine, still table wine, a unique dessert wine. It has been and continues to be a fascinating journey of discovery for Sassy and a pleasure to offer an alternative wine to the drinking public.
New Cellar Door a Great Success
We are open most weekends and are happy to accomodate small tour of wine interested folk
If you see our sign on the Mitchell Highway at Lucknow or Icely Road,Orange come out to the vineyard.
We are located adjacent to Mayfields Vineyard, and near Moody's Wines.
We'll be there to welcome you for a tasting and a warm fire if chilly.
Open 10am-5pm Saturday,Sundays 10-4pm.
Please ring 0409311395 beforehand to confirm we are open.
Vineyard and Winery News, April 2015
2015 has been a great vintage for Sassy Wines. We have the winery up to the gunnels which fantastic wines. The whites are to be released in September 2015 and this will include our first Pinot Noir Rose. All other stocks are to be replenished, which will be a relief as supplies are running low, with the Pinot Gris sold out and two others down to the last 10 dozen!
The cellar door has proved to be a great success, and Sassy has just completed it's first FOOD WEEK Orange "Event" on the cellar door deck. An antipasto platter was combined with a tasting of 4 different Arneis, our Italian white wine which was shared by 20 guests. The feedback was terrific and we hope to have another Sassy Event in Wine Week, October 2015.
We endeavour to man the cellar door throughout the year on weekends, however to keep the discovery journey of Arneis moving forward, we plan to return to Piedmonte for more investigation into the making of a bubbly Arneis. This will complete the journey from bubbly, to elegant table wine, to a Late Harvest desert wine. So, the cellar door will be closed in May 2015, reopening on the first weekend in June 2015.
We look to having a function for each of the white and red wine releases, at the vineyard, later in the year.
Also available in the cellar door is the "Fibre Wall", displaying a selection of delightful handcrafted hand woven,spun or felted scarves, making for the perfect gift. Polwarth wool from our sheep have been used in some of the items displayed.
Winestate magazine 5***** for Sassy Wines
Winestate Magazine 5***** Award for Sassy Pinot Noir 2010
For those of you that were not aware, our Pinot Noir 2010 won the Central and Western Districts tasting competition. We are thrilled. Now our wine is to go into a national "taste-off" against all the well known labels,and winners of other categories late in the year. All a bit scary for Sassy.
Also our Petit Verdot 2011 (Cowra) won 3***.
All results will be in the May/ June 2013 Winestate Magazine. Grab one from your newsagent!
We are very proud!