Juicy - Bright - Enlivened
Region: Polish Hill River, Clare Valley
Soil: Shale on Blue Slate
Alcohol: 12.0% abv
Affectionately known as 'Truffle Hound' - this wine pays homage to the ancient craft practiced around the harvest time - where hardy men take their precisely trained dogs (and pigs!) in the cold, foggy mountains to hunt for the most savoury, earth-drenched truffles they can find. Inspired by a small vineyard block at
Kersbrook, an underdog - overlooked by the prima-donna winemakers of days gone by. After working closely with the viticulture of this site for 3 years, we've finally got these vines growing to top-notch standard. Nebbiolo is a challenging variety, presenting a 'holy-grail' for many winemakers who tend to
lose their hair over growing, crafting and maturing it. It captivates, enthralls and beckons. It causes winemakers to make the great pilgrimage to Barolo - the mecca of Nebbiolo to learn how to tame this ethereal beast. This is our early-released, approachable and jovial expression of Nebbiolo - not a long maturation in our cellar, we aim to retain the higher aromatics, herbal savouriness and it's amaro-like refreshment. We select ferments and batches that are showing these qualities to hold for this wine. From
a tiny 40 dozen produced in 2014 - with a sell-out rate we've not experienced in any other wine - comes a much healthier production of the 2015 Truffle Hound Nebbiolo. A super-savoury cousin to Nouveau Pinot Noir - for those that favour meaty, gaminess over bright plum-fruit. This is the anti-Nebbiolo-Nebbiolo. An exploration for umami-like refreshment. The Nebbiolo components come in equal parts from Kersbrook, Adelaide Hills and Polish Hill River, Clare Valley - along with a touch of Barbera in a conservative 5% amount (also Polish Hill River) - that does wonders to the acid-line of this wine. It only spends 4 days on skins, then pressed to finish fermentation in a large foudre. It presents with a smoky, amaro-like liquorice and cardamom spice. Given drive by a lively and juicy palate-weight and pucker with a bright yet savoury finish.