The Nightmare 2015
Ethereal - Expressive - Powerful
Region: Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills
Soil: Heavily Alluvial Quartz Rock
The ‘his’ to the ‘hers’ project (see Red Ochre Dream) – except this time, we’re going red, and we’re going Nebbiolo.This is the first fruit we’ve seen of a new (for us), and most exciting vineyard – Talc Hill. A vineyard that has produced Nebbiolo for a range of top-end Australian Nebb-heads – that was forgotten about, and overgrown in 2012 – only to be pruned-back the following year, leading to no fruit in 2014 – then this first crop in 2015.
This vineyard is less than a kilometre from the winery…and one that mimics our philosophy – the site is built for Nebbiolo, high altitude – fractured alluvial soil with big quartz blocks sticking out of the ground. The posts in this block at 50% larger than standard, to account for the extra vigour of Nebbiolo – and what’s more – it’s surrounded by native scrubland, a breeding ground for native competitors to vineyard pests – eliminating the need for insecticides. Cane-pruned since day-one, the vines cannot be harvested by machine, on account of the degree slope – a machine simply won’t make it. This is one remarkable site for one of the most site-expressive red varieties known to man.
In this instance, the grapes were destemmed and remained uncrushed as whole berries – along with an addition of 5% Barbera from the same vineyard – and placed into a 200L terracotta fermenter – hand-plunged for two weeks before being topped and sealed to bring skin contact-time to 150 days, prior to draining (no pressing). A primary nose of mint and eucalypt, forest floor, red fruits and high-toined roses. Full Nebbiolo tannins. Svelte yet filling. A fresh, juiciness on the palate – giving life to the herbaceous, savoury elements.