2021 Thick as Thieves The Aloof Alpaca Arneis

Yarra Valley, VIC

Arneis loaded up with some very clever winemaking takes this to the next level. Lovely, textural white from the Yarra.


More energy and zip than many from Piedmont, and super value with it.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

This is the wine that started it all for Syd Bradford and his Thick as Thieves wine label.

After working with some of the Yarra's finest for 10 years, he decided it was time to cut a track of his own - the Aloof Alpaca was the first wine of his own creation.

It's Arneis made with barrel time and foot-stomping; he throws everything but the kitchen sink at it.

It's a lively, textured and powerful version of the variety ideal suited to all sorts of food and good times with friends.

About Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves started from very humble beginnings in 2009. Being a "virtual operation" in the Yarra Valley, where owner and winemaker Syd Bradford would buy in quality grapes and rent out facilities to work his magic.

Now, he has a family winery and his own vineyard! The Cypress Ridge vineyard boasts 22 year old Pinot Noir vines that are happy as can be in their little patch, and make all of Syd's flagship Pinots.

He loves experimenting with alternative or new varieties, while still making wines that are bang on for both drinkability and affordability.

Winemaker Syd Bradford hard at work
Winemaker Syd Bradford hard at work
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Winemaking: 36 hours pre-ferment skin contact; 100% seasoned barrel indigenous ferment.

Crystalline acidity with mineral salts & citrus flavours; mouth coating, powdery phenolics; great poise & fruit length that goes on and on; possibly the best Arneis I’ve made!

Blend : Arneis (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Thick as Thieves
Thick as Thieves' Cypress Hill Vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Classic Arneis feels here. Almond, green apple, floral too, with a smattering of dried herb. It has grapefruit crunch, pleasing bitterness, a firm grainy texture, sour apple and a tangy lemon zest finish of excellent length. More energy and zip than many from Piedmont, and super value with it." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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