NEBBIOLO 2O1O UPPER YARRA
I’ve had an enduring fascination with Nebbiolo since the late 1980s. I worked at Prunotto with Beppe Colla in 1992 while on my honeymoon with Maree. On our return we planted Nebbiolo at Moondarra in Gippsland. Through the early 1990s I made Nebbiolo under the ‘Prentice’ brand from fruit grown at Whitfield in the King Valley. I tasted some older examples of these King Valley wines recently and was astounded at how wonderfully they’d aged.
The grapes for Pronoia Nebbiolo were grown by Lou Primavera at Hoddles Creek and the wine made by Mal Stewart at Drouin. It has resided in the cellars of Mal’s winery until now.
2O1O was a fabulous vintage for Nebbiolo in the Upper Yarra. The summer was warmth-extended April and the grapes were harvested by hand in mild conditions. The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed prior to primary fermentation in small open vessels.
At dryness the wine was pressed to barriques for malolactic fermentation and aging. It was bottled just prior to vintage in 2O11. Typical of Nebbiolo, it has pronounced acidity and tannin, with a rose petal bouquet and silky texture.
Pronoia Nebbiolo is a delight with BBQ’d bangers or your T-Bone.