Adelina Nebbiolo 2012
Brunswick Wine Shop | 16 Sparta Place Brunswick

Adelina Nebbiolo 2012

Regular price $40.00
Like most who visit Piemonte, Col and Jennie have fallen (lock, stock and botti) in love with this region and its Nebbiolo wines in particular. For the pair's sophomore Nebbiolo they are now working with an exciting parcel of Neb fruit from the Bowe Lees vineyard at Woodside (the inaugural 2011 release was drawn from the agreeably named Talc Hill vineyard, located at Gumeracha). This vineyard, also home to a few rows of 'white Nebbiolo' (Arnies), lies 390mt above sea level and was planted between 1998 and 2002. Col fills in the winemaking specs, thus: fruit was hand picked, destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeast. Maceration times varied from 21 to 35 days on skins. Post pressing, the wine was racked to barrel for 16 months for malo (indigenous bacteria) and maturation.

This is a big step up from the 2011. It's very elegant and comparatively forward, showing considerable 'Adelina' finesse and red-floral poise, silky tannins, a core of sweet and savoury tobacco and blood orange and red cherry fruit, fresh acidity and a fine, tapering finish. Gary Walsh's take, "If you like nebbiolo, from anywhere, this should be in the repertoire", is about the size of it.

"Nebbiolo handled by Adelina tends to see a leaner, finer, tannin-driven interpretation, and this wine doesn't stray. Man, this is good. It has the washy acidity of best nebbiolos set to the firm, stoic chew of tannin and barely there, just ripe red fruit you find in the world beating versions of the variety. It smells like rose petals, sandalwood, clove, undergrowth. It's a mouthwatering fruit profile with savouriness to the fore, superb length, sappiness of texture, an earthy, dusty, flinty finish. It made me go back and forth to my glass over and over. It's really good. If you like nebbiolo, from anywhere, this should be in the repertoire." 95 points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au

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