NGERINGA Nebbiolo 2019 750mL – sold out
Sweet, wild strawberries jump out of the glass, followed by more savoury notes of dried mushroom, autumn leaves and leather. On the pallet, plenty of bright red fruit, approachable “Nebbiolo’ tannin, and a long and savoury finish.
The Nebbiolo grapes are grown on a steep westerly facing slope of the Rufus Vineyard at about 360m above sea level, on 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 400 vines planted.
A small batch of Nebbiolo made from a Rosé clone. Gentle extraction, extended maceration for 4 weeks, and 18 months maturation in one older French oak 300L barrel.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, oxidative handling pre-fermentation, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation with minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled with small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
Closure: Stelvin Screw Cap
2019 gave little but concentrated clean fruit, with average spring rainfall, a very dry summer and several heat-waves near harvest resulting in early picking. Importantly cold nights throughout February / March helped retained brightness in the fruit profile and high natural acidity.