“..A delectable dry rendition offering plenty of attractive flavours..” Sam Kim
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- Vintage: 2016
- Region: Hilltops
- Variety: Nebbiolo / Garnacha / Primitivo
- Vegan Friendly: No
- Case Size: 12
- Bottle Size:750ml
About: Italy’s answer to Pinot Noir for viticulturists; the Holy Grail. Nebbiolo is notoriously difficult to grow, requiring meticulous attention to detail to ensure that flavour doesn’t lose its enduring battle with tannin and acidity. Like Pinot, if done poorly, it can be mediocre at best. However, the marriage of site, clone, season and precision viticulture can deliver results that are truly astonishing and worth all the heartache.
Viticulture: In 2016, we had an easy, moderate, dry year with a warm finish. Fruit ripened gently and evenly achieving excellent flavour development. There was zero disease pressure.
Wine making: The fruit was chilled and pressed to tank with a press cut at 500 litres. This minimised skin contact and ensured only the pristine, free run juice was fermented, resulting in minimal phenolics. The juice was removed from lees and fermented at low temperatures to retain the fruit’s natural vibrancy and delicate aromatics. The Nebbiolo and Garnacha were co-fermented for 20 days before being blended to the Primitivo post ferment.
Tasting Notes: The nose is laced with raspberry and summer berries with notes of freshly dried provencal flowers and herbs. The palate is dry and unexpectedly textural. Lifted red berries on a creamy, savoury palate with a lovely, tight line of acid that carries the flavours along whilst giving a refreshing finish.