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Jasper Hill is a Heathcote institution. Thier family owned vineyards have been producing fine wines since the early eighties and with second generation winemaker Emily McNally taking up the charge of her father, they aren't slowing down anytime soon. After bushfires ravaged their beautiful Georgia's Paddock vineyard in 1987, they decided plant about a hectare of Nebbiolo in 1993. It was a very shrewd choice. Their estate-grown Neb has been heralded amongst "the top of the Australian nebbiolo tree" by critics and punters alike. The 2013 is a wonderful vintage of this wine, showing balance and restraint along with the characteristic Heathcote intensity. James Halliday awarded it 96 points making it one of their top rated Nebbiolos ever. It is only ever made in small quantities so don't hesitate if you want to try this rare wine from one of Victoria's most iconic wineries.
What it Tastes Like
"Good hue and depth; a convincing sequel to the '12, even if not scaling the absolute heights of that wine; the bouquet is very fragrant, violets, rose petals and cedar to the fore; and the palate creates great tension between the savoury/spicy notes and the dark cherry-accented fruit." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
96 points. "Good hue and depth; a convincing sequel to the '12, even if not scaling the absolute heights of that wine; the bouquet is very fragrant, violets, rose petals and cedar to the fore; and the palate creates great tension between the savoury/spicy notes and the dark cherry-accented fruit." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
The 2012 was named by James Halliday as ‘top of the Australian Nebbiolo tree’ at 97 points. In this one, the signature descriptors of floral rose notes with red currant, raspberry, smoked meat and a hint of tar, followed by the characteristic firm, savoury tannic punch at the end. 13.0% alc/vol
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Heathcote’s reputation is for big Shiraz. And they do it so well. But the times they are a changin’ with Italian varieties such as Fiano, Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola and Sagrantino all finding themselves well at home in the ancient Cambrian soils.
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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