I don’t reckon Nebbiolo has many friends in ‘Winemakers World’. From what I’ve read, it’s a temperamental bugger. Difficult to grow (apparently), tight and tannic in its youth, loses its colour really early on in its life (because in its genes it has anthocyanins. Thanks Wine Folly) and needs food to really show its best.
This has a terrific colour. Pinotesque if you like. The nose is pretty attractive to me with cherries, choc coated raspberries and a spicey sort of tone to it. It was easy to get sucked into it from here. Dark cherries, ripe raspberries (squishy in your fingers sort of thing) and sweet/savoury/spicy characters were among the flavours that came in thick and fast. It’s medium weight on the palate with slightly drying but sleek tannins on the finish (tells me it wants to be sidled up beside food) and I underestimated the good length it provides. It’s not for the long haul but why would you bother cellaring it?! This is juicy, fruity and very inviting. With a slurp factor of 10 out of 10, it is a very easy wine to like.
Region: McLaren Vale, SA Price: $22 Source: Retail Purchase