NGERINGA Nebbiolo 2020 750mL
Wild strawberries, dried orange and dark chocolate jump out of the glass, followed by more earthy notes of dried mushroom, iodine, autumn leaves and leather. On the palate plenty of bright red fruit, approachable ‘Nebbiolo’ tannins 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 tiny batch of Nebbiolo made from a Rosé clone. Fully destemmed, gentle extraction by hand, wild yeast fermentation, extended maceration for three weeks, and 11 months maturation in one older French half barrique.
No fining. Estate bottled with small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
Wild strawberries, dark rose, dried orange jump out of the glass, followed by more earthy notes of dried mushroom, autumn leaves, leather and tar. On the palate plenty of bright red fruit a hint of fennel seed, approachable ‘Nebbiolo’ tannins and a long and savoury finish.
Closure: Stelvin Screw Cap
Overall 2020 produced some outstanding fruit, although not without challenges. An extremely dry winter and spring, coupled with poor flowering conditions, gave low vigour vines with an extremely low crop. Fortunately, moderate rain events in mid and late January refreshed the vines and set them up for veraison. The period leading into harvest was textbook cool, Adelaide Hills conditions. The low yields gave rise to concentrated flavours and high natural acidity.
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