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Casa Freschi are one of the original pioneers of Australian Nebbiolo. They take it very seriously, rigorously selecting diverse clonal material to plant to their Langhorne Creek vineyard since 1999. Their search for the best fit of vineyard and clone has seen their Nebbiolo only improve over the last decade+. Theirs is a 'classical' Australian Nebbiolo if ever there was such a thing. The 2013 version is right on the money. James Halliday referred to it as "Absolutely varietal" in his 94 point review. Lovers of this noble variety will find plenty of love here.
What it Tastes Like
"Absolutely varietal. Tight with tannin, splashed with spice, juiced with cranberry and red cherry and complexed with leather, herbs, wood smoke. It's almost autumnal but mostly fruity, and yet it's dry to the nth degree." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. "Absolutely varietal. Tight with tannin, splashed with spice, juiced with cranberry and red cherry and complexed with leather, herbs, wood smoke. It's almost autumnal but mostly fruity, and yet it's dry to the nth degree." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
VINEYARD: 100% single vineyard located 4km north of Lake Alexandrina. In 1999, 2.0 hectares were planted at 4000 vines/Ha to two high quality clones of nebbiolo on various rootstocks. The lowest performing parcels of fruit were replaced in 2005 by 8 Matura (Lampia) nebbiolo clones. The site possesses low vigour, deep calcareous soils with a mix of clay, sand, marl and limestone gravel. The low annual rainfall of 250mm is supplemented by the judicious use of fresh water irrigation from Lake Alexandrina. The close proximity to the lake and sea provides strong cooling winds, often arriving just after midday during the summer months. Autumns are usually sunny, cool, dry and calm, resulting in long ripening periods. The mean average growing season temp of 17.2C is comparable to Margaret River and Napa Valley. Grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides. Hand pruned and hand harvested. WINEMAKING: 21 individual plantings (10 clones on various rootstocks/vine age) are harvested into 8kg crates, destemmed, foot crushed and fermented separately by wild yeast in small open top fermenters, hand plunged, and macerated for an average of 3 to 4 weeks. It is then pressed directly into old French puncheons where natural mlf takes place. The wine is then sulphured and left on its lees until the end of maturation when it is racked by gravity. No additives are used in its production except minimal sulphur dioxide. REFINEMENT: 18 months in seasoned French oak puncheons Unfined and unfiltered. WINEMAKERS COMMENTS: The 2013 vintage was exceptional, with adequate moisture levels in the soil and favourable weather conditions during flowering initiating a good, even canopy. Warm and sunny conditions prevailed through most of the growing season with occasional small amounts of rainfall keeping the vines healthy and aiding the slightly higher than average yields to ripen with ease. The key to the harvest was to pick quickly enough in order to not over-ripen the fruit and lose too much acidity. It was inevitable from the outset that this season would produce some wonderful parcels of nebbiolo, spoiling us for choice for our second vintage of this label, which represents the best 15% of fruit from our vineyard.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Nebbiolo is one of the world’s truly great wine grapes. Most famously produced in the Italian regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, this king-pin of varieties is making a surge on Australian soil. A notoriously late ripening variety, Australian producers are constantly refining the way they grow this grape. Nebbiolo wines are light to medium bodied with incredible internal power and structure. These wines can live for decades when grown on the right sites. The classic descriptors of ‘tar & roses’ are often applied to this variety but the scope for complexity and nuance in the best versions is virtually limitless. The life of a great Nebbiolo as it matures through the years is one of the great wonders in all of wine.
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