2021 Domenica Nebbiolo

Highly Rated
One of the country's most sought-after Nebbiolos.
4.4
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews

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Description

Peter Graham's Nebbiolo is a labour of love. He crafts it in a traditional way.

The fruit is gently handled from picking to the long, slow ferment. His two large traditional botte, his pride and joy, are filled by gravity. The juice is left to sleep for a few years before release. It's a long process to get the wine to bottle but it's worth the wait.

This is yet another brilliant release. For enthusiasts of the variety, it's a must-have.

It's become one of the most sought-after Nebbiolos in the country year after year. Do yourself a favour and get some in the cellar while you still can.

95 points
"Cherry, liquorice/dried mint, baking spice, dried roses, almond and charcuterie... A stony and dry, slightly peppery, finish of excellent length. So good."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
95 points
"This may be the finest Australian nebbiolo yet tasted... I could drink a great deal of this such is the structural compression and rivulet of pure, sumptuous fruit. Exquisite! Drink or hold."
- Ned Goodwin MW (JamesSuckling.com)

Domenica holds the oldest Nebbiolo vines in Beechworth, producing a classic and age worthy wine. The single acre of Nebbiolo is grown in a cool, protected pocket on the southern corner of the property. Tiny yields per vine develop the intensity of fruit required to make Nebbiolo with beautiful structure, and a deep complex core of fruit. The Wine Front has described Domenica’s as “the best Nebbiolo in Australia” and is a top rated wine in the Halliday Wine Companion.

95 points - "Side by side, tasting Nebbiolo from two doyens of the grape variety in Australia. Pannell and Graham. Very good. Protero and Domenica, different but equally good expressions of this great grape. Closed with a DIAM now, rather than screwcap. Interesting. So often with DIAM, the cork won’t fit back into the bottle, so I stuffed a PdB cork into it to do the job. Also, as someone who drinks a shit tonne (should that be one word?) of Nebbiolo, these wines are not being given a handicap for being Australian. They’re simply great, but different, expressions of Neb.

Cherry, liquorice/dried mint, baking spice, dried roses, almond and charcuterie. It’s juicy, cherry, ripe strawberry and amaro herbs, supple dusty tannin and layers of sweet spice, juicy ripe orange acidity, and a stony and dry, slightly peppery, finish of excellent length. So good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 points - "This may be the finest Australian nebbiolo yet tasted. A bright mid-crimson, shifting to a detailed spread of vigorous red fruit accents, hints of ironstone, dried thyme and lilac. Gorgeous stuff. Mid-weighted of feel such is the pixelated detail, levity and brightness in the mouth. A testament to the oft-used notion that nebbiolo bares considerable similarities to pinot noir. I could drink a great deal of this such is the structural compression and rivulet of pure, sumptuous fruit. Exquisite! Drink or hold." - Ned Goodwin MW (JamesSuckling.com)

95 points - "Medium to deep cherry red colour. Dark cherry, blue gravel and crushed rose petal aromas lift out from the glass. Dark fruits on entry, and the palate builds weight and intensity as it rolls along. Dark minerality, anise spices and woody herbal notes all add layers of complexity and character. Tannins are prodigious as the variety demands, but stay within context of the other elements, driving and drying the finish well. Demands food and I wouldn’t argue: those tannins deserve a deep protein to make them work" - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

Customer Reviews

4.4
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
Based on 5 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 3 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 1 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
5 reviews
  • CM
    Chrissie M.
    Verified Buyer
    3 weeks ago
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    A bit lacking

    This Nebb is lovely don’t get me wrong but I found it a little soft and lacking in complexity. I’m a big fan of the Denton and the Luke Lambert I think have more to offer.

  • EN
    Elise N.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Delicious!

    Wonderful wine and so easy to drink!

  • PV
    Paul V.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Beechworth meets Piedmonte

    Wonderful wine, everything just so, amazing tannin!

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Domenica

Peter Graham is one of Beechworth's most thoughtful and talented winemakers. From his small plot of land on the Beechworth "Golden Mile", Pete crafts articulate and powerful wines with a gentle hand.

He farms his vineyard organically, though uncertified, with great care. The quality of fruit it yields is first class. In the winery, everything is moved via gravity. Patience is a virtue that Pete definitely possesses. No wine is released until it's 'ready'.

The Nebbiolo is one of the country's benchmarks. The Chardonnay is always in high demand given Pete's history as assistant winemaker at Giaconda. The Shiraz is the very model of modern Australian Shiraz; a wine with both power and refinement.

As Mike Bennie once noted:"If you’re into the new wave of truefine wine producers of Australia you should be onto, should get onto, Domenica. Classics in the making. Rising high."

The gorgeous Domenica vineyard after vintage - Beechworth, VIC Domenica

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