NGERINGA Nebbiolo 2021 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 small batch of Nebbiolo made from a Rosé clone. Fully destemmed, gentle extraction by hand, wild yeast fermentation, extended maceration for 8 weeks, and 11 months maturation in one older French oak 500L barrel. No fining. Estate bottled with small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
Closure: Stelvin Screw Cap
The wines of 2021 have come together beautifully, after a near perfect growing season and vintage conditions. For the first time in a few years we had reasonable winter rains going into the spring of 2020 and also some good follow-up rains right into early summer.
There was no late season frost, no hail, and amazing weather conditions during flowering. We also had a much milder than average summer in 2021 with no severe heat spikes. This resulted in a perfectly long ripening season and optimal ripening conditions.
It’s rare that amazing quality, concentration of flavour and finesse comes together with such generous quantity. Truly an outstanding vintage.