About The Pack
Though Italy may be the spiritual home of Nebbiolo, Australia is making plenty of gains in terms of quality.
This may be a battle pack - but it's not a competition - there are some brilliant wines from both countries to explore.
We've selected three serious Australian versions and three top value Italians to represent both countries.
The perfect way to familiarise yourself with the nuances of Nebbiolo from both Italy and Aus.
2017 Traviarti Nebbiolo
The Traviarti project has always been about winemaker Simon Grant's obsession with Nebbiolo.
He picked his site specifically with this variety in mind, a small plot of land high above the Beechworth township. Now the fruits of his labour are finally being bared.
This is an exquisite example of Australian Nebbiolo. The wine is made in two parts: the first is a batch of fruit which is richer, darker and more structural - this provides the base notes of the wine. The Second is a much prettier, more fragrant batch which shows all the wonderful rosy aromatics and sensual mid-palate that the variety is famous for.
As Gary Walsh noted in his 94 point review, "It’s a very good rendition of Nebbiolo, just give it a couple more years to really strut its stuff."
This is the first release from Simon. He couldn't be more thrilled. It's a great thing when a life-long dream is finally realised. That's what you're seeing in this wine. Enjoy.Read more about 2017 Traviarti Nebbiolo
2016 S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo
Steve Pannell's love for Nebbiolo runs deep. It lead him on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Nebbiolo, the famed hills of Barolo in Italy. He came back to Australia with a vision to craft Nebb to challenge the best in the world and he is making a great fist of it.
Pannell only releases this wine in the best vintages. Coming from the cooler Adelaide Hills region, he has sculpted a beautifully perfumed, structured and rustic wine that is more akin to the similarly styled Nebbiolos of Italy.
Like all great Nebbiolo it's brilliant with food, and with its epic structure, it will continue to age gracefully from "now until Armageddon". This is widely regarded as one of Australia's premier Nebbiolos, and if you love this variety, then this is an essential addition to your collection.Read more about 2016 S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo
2017 Arfion Nebbiolo
After years dedicating himself to Pinot Noir, Dave Mackintosh has gotten himself a taste for Nebbiolo.
Good mates with Luke Lambert, Mackitosh has been close on hand witnessing Luke's progression with Nebbiolo from the Yarra. It seems he's caught the bug.
He works closely with grower Lou Primavera (Primavera Vineyard), making Lou's wines and taking some fruit for himself. In the 2017 vintage, Dave picked some of the Nebbiolo from Lou's block to make his own version of the classic Italian variety.
It's a lithe, elegant Nebbiolo, distinctly bright and aromatic and beautifully structured. Only a small amount was made and it will go quickly as Dave's fan base grows each and every year.Read more about 2017 Arfion Nebbiolo
2017 Alberto Oggero Sandro d'Pindeta
Growing up, Alberto Oggero would often follow his grandfather Sandro through the vines
It sparked a life-long love affair with making wine from his home area of Roero. He studied oenology in Alba, gaining the technical skills to compliment his passion. And in 2009 Alberto took over his grandfather's vineyard, eventually fulfilling his long-time dream of restoring the old family house and cellar.
He now lovingly tends to 3 hectares of vines across his home. This Nebbiolo is an ode to his grandfather. It's brought to life in concrete, released young and fresh. The perfect pulpy, nervy Nebbiolo to sink your teeth into young.
A flat out delicious wine with a great story that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. What's not to love?Read more about 2017 Alberto Oggero Sandro d'Pindeta
2015 Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica
For over 150 years, this family have made wine but it wasn't until 1984 that patriarch, Arturo Pelizzatti Perego (see Ar.Pe.Pe.) decided to dedicate himself to the pursuit of making world-class Nebbiolo from their home region of Valtellina.
Their fabled terraced vineyards are found in the heart of the Valtellina Superiore DOCG, with their plantings split across three sites: Sassella, Grumello and Inferno. Sassella is all red rocky soils and perilously steep slopes. A diabolical place to grow grapes, however, the results of Nebbiolo grown on this site can be mesmerising.
This is one of the rare Nebbiolo wines outside of the Piedmonte region that drive collectors crazy. This is a beautiful release and will mature elegantly for a decade or more.Read more about 2015 Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica
2016 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo
The Langhe Nebbiolo is simply a more approachable blend of fruit that just didn't quite make the cut for the family's standard of Barolo.
You get all the charm of the Nebbiolo grape, you get the beauty of the Piedmonte region, you get the Massolino name, all at a much more hip-pocket-friendly price.
You drink the Langhe while the Barolo matures in the cellar, is the thinking. And drink it, we will!
This is a lovely release of Langhe from the Massolino family. It will improve over the mid-long term, but it doesn't need it to be enjoyed.Read more about 2016 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo