"Don’t be fooled by the colour we do have classic Nebbiolo tannins here."- Erinn Klein, Winemaker
Nebbiolo is one of the reasons we fell in love with Italian wine and also a very good example of the importance of terroir. This year’s vintage has unique aromas of sweet, red liquorice, rosewood and ripe mulberries. The palate is unexpectedly juicy with almost tropical, guava notes and edgy, chalky tannins. An attractive Adelaide Hills take on an Italian classic.
Grown on a steep westerly facing slope of the Rufus Vineyard at about 360m above sea level on a rocky red ironstone and schist over clay. Quite a challenging vineyard site facing west, it receives the belting summer sun and often is exposed to characteristic winds of the Adelaide Hills. From the top of this vineyard in the distance, however, one can see Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray River, consequently receiving cooling evening breezes, which do much to preserve fruit acids and flavours through the critical weeks of ripening. Only 360 vines planted.
100% destemmed. Three weeks of gentle extraction on skins. Pressed directly into 5-year old French barriques. 12 months in oak.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
The 2015 growing season was drier and somewhat warmer than 2014 and concluded with an uncommonly early start to the harvest, with grapes for our sparkling base being picked in the first week of February. Ripening across our low-to-moderate yields, however, was spread out enough to allow us to do all of our own handpicking with our French-dominated, in-house crew without recourse to extra hired hands. Wines from this vintage have a quality and character very similar to our stellar 2013 vintage with excellent concentration of flavours.