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Nebbiolo 2013 - SOLD OUT
Nebbiolo is one of the great wine varieties of Italy. It is grown extensively in the north-west of Italy, particularly in Piedmonte where it makes the famous wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It’s a difficult variety to manage in the vineyard and no easier to make wine from in the winery. It has been planted in Mudgee for 30 years with only limited success, which is not unusual for any region outside of Piedmonte. Di Lusso Estate initially had 4 acres, but over the years since 1999 we have replanted most of it to Lagrein, Aleatico and Picolit (leaving just one acre).
The fruit was machine picked on 28 March . After a short fermentation with minimal skin maceration, the wine was pressed, inoculated for malolactic fermentation and transferred to a a number of middle-aged puncheons. The wine was gently filtered prior to bottling.
The wine has a mid-red to ruby colour. There are aromas of rose water and dried herbs with a slight tarriness typical of Nebbiolo and an underlying earthiness. The tannins are all natural grape tannins and are quite firm but rather restrained compared to classical Nebbiolo. This wine, unlike all Nebbiolo, demands food – my favourite so far is home made pea and funghi risotto infused with truffle oil.
Residual Sugar <0.5g/L