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For seven long years, Jason Brown looked at the Nebbiolo fruit on his Hilltops vineyard and watched it drop to the ground. The vintages weren’t quite right, the vines too young. Such is the way with Nebbiolo, the path to the grail can oft times be a rocky one.
In 2015 the planets aligned and he got the chance to make his first wine from this precious fruit.
It’s a distinctly Australian looking Nebb, though it comes with all the hallmarks of the variety - tannin, power and perfume. For $30, there are very few Nebbiolo’s in Australia worth drinking, but this is definitely one of them.
What It Tastes Like
“Bright dark purple. An enticing and complex bouquet of cherries, violets, roses and licquorice. The palate has dark, chewy, long-lasting flavours; blackberry, cherries, tobacco and creamy strawberry notes. Mid weight with well placed, finely ground, chalky tannins. Good acid with a fine long finish.” - Jason Brown (Winemaker)
94 points. “This is serious heavy duty nebbiolo that will have great appeal to lovers of Italian wine and food, the two indivisible. It will be to this core to decide whether there are better things to do with life (and nebbiolo). This should persuade wine lovers who haven’t had the money or opportunity to join the foray and do so.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Among Australia’s first Nebbiolo MAT series clones (propagated from outstanding Barolo sites in North East Italy by Chalmers Nurseries) were planted at our Hilltops vineyards in 2008. The clones were planted as a field blend in our rocky, sandy free draining soil which has a similar soil profile to Langhe in Italy’s north.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
In less than 5 years Moppity have captured the wine trade’s imagination with their wonderfully balanced, concentrated and expressive cool climate wines. Take note, this winery are one of the rising stars if Australian wine.
This is one to watch. The Hilltops in NSW has some huge potential. The high altitude vineyards in this region are producing some of the most epic cool climate Syrah/Shiraz and Cabernet on the market at the moment. With a relatively low profile (for now), the value to be had in this area is second to none. But get in quick, the word is getting out and it wont be that way for long. Love yourself the more refined side of Shiraz? The Hilltops is a place you really need to check out.
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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