2019 Billy Button The Elusive Nebbiolo

Billy Button |King Valley |Nebbiolo
Jo Marsh has a serious love for Nebbiolo.... Elegant, structural and sweetly perfumed, this is great value for a high quality expression of the most noble grape.
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It seemed only a matter of time before Jo Marsh would produce a Nebbiolo.

Her love for the Italian variety and her love for the Alpine Valleys converge in this wine. A small vineyard planted on an old river bed supplied the fruit. The fruit spent a lazy six months on skins before bedding down in oak. Only two barrels were made. One old, one older.

This is a lovely, approachable, mid-weight wine. It's a welcoming style of the variety. A gate-way Nebbiolo for those looking to explore the variety.

If you are familiar with Jo's wines, you know she rarely puts a foot wrong. This is no different. It's Nebbiolo the Jo Marsh way, ready to be enjoyed and varietally right on the money.

Nebbiolo is known as the 'King' of Italian grape varieties and is notoriously difficult to grow and make. The mountainous topography and climate of the Alpine Valleys is not that dissimilar to Piedmont, the Italian home of the variety. Growers Tony and Josie Ferraro put in an inordinate amount of time to their small patch of Nebbiolo to ensure the quality of the resultant grapes.

Nose: Intense and expressive. Freshly dissected Pomegranate, late summer garden herbs and dark spices.

Palate: A salivating and thoroughly dynamic wine with great nervous energy and tension between Nebbiolo’s tannins and acidity.

Region: Alpine Valleys, VIC
Blend: Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV: 13%
Closure: 750ml
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89 Points - "The Elusive nebbiolo is well named. Nebbiolo carries many disguises, here it's all about Alpine wildflowers, violets, dried herbs, fennel and undergrowth aromas. Tight as a drum on the palate. Swish it around to free up those assertive tannins and give it further maturation time in bottle. It needs it. There's a savoury prettiness just waiting to be unleashed." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

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  • JB
    John B.
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    3 years ago
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    good example from premier Nebiolo country

    It is a good but not great example of the variety from Australia's top Nebbiolo region.

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Billy Button

Billy Button is the charming Alpine Valleys based project of ubertalented winemaker Jo Marsh, now helped by her winemaker husband Glenn James and young winemaker Alex Phillips.

Billy Button focuses primarily on producing small batches of alternative varieties from good local growers in their small patch of Victoria. The team explores varieties that are rarely seen in the Australian landscape - you can find anything from Schioppettino to Verduzzo in this eclectic range.

Jo's gentle touch in the winery makes for beautifully balanced wines that show great texture and vibrancy. The Billy Button range is a little gem of North East Victoria. It's one of the more unique wine ranges in the country and the perfect place to begin your exploration of alternative varieties.

Winemakers Glenn James, Jo Marsh & Alex Phillips Billy Button

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