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Australian Nebbiolo is on the rise. Here in the hands of winemaker Alex Byrne, this Heathcote fruit is singing.
Stylistically, this is made to be an approachable yet typically varietal example of Nebbiolo. Alex cold soaks the fruit for 10 days during ferment and lets it hang out on skins for a further 12 days post to extract his desired amount of tannin and colour.
It’s a bright, easy-to-love Australian version of this revered variety. Fruit forward but with classic Nebbiolo structure.
If you want to get your head around this variety, this rock ‘n’ roll version is a great place to start.
What It Tastes Like
Typical perfume of roses and bitumen. Faint lift of fennel seeds and some almost sage-like characters. The fruit is the star of the show here. Cherry. Raspberry. Firm grape tannins. Great Neb 101 example.
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Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Liquid Rock'n Roll
This is winemaker Alex Byrne’s pet project. A set of wines made from various premium parcels of fruit from around Victoria, this eye-catching range offers interesting wine styles at cracking prices. Amazing drinkability and the quality of Alex’s craftsmanship at a bargain price.
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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