A multitude of picks and ferment methods from all five blocks of red grapes I work with in Colbinabbin listed below. Harvest and vinification method are chosen depending on the demands of each individual block.
Willoughby Bridge A Block Nebbiolo, Early picked and direct pressed (pressings)
Willoughby Bridge Old Block Nebbiolo Earlyish picked and directd press
Willoughby Bridge C Block Nebbiolo, Middle picked, short maceration
Willoughby Bridge Old Block Nebbiolo, Late picked, long maceration
Chalmers Vineyard Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Late Picked, long maceration
Chalmers Vineyard Nebbiolo, early picked, direct pressed
Chalmers Vineyard Nebbiolo, Late picked, long maceration
These wines are matured in tank or in barrel in various states of lees contact and sulphur additions.
The wine is blended progressively, according to what is asked for as these individuals become one, holistic expression of these two grape varieties on the one spectacular hill.
There is a point of harmony that I am looking for in this wine and it has never been resolved after the first blend. The wine came to its final form quite late this year but seems to be showing a very happy and balanced self quite quickly after bottling. Some sulphur added.
In the glass
A lovely plum red, pale at the edges with flicks of terracotta throughout.
Aromatics are immediately spicy and pleasing. Smells of muddled plum, black berry, and raspberry, red pepper and bell pepper and a little rosemary. It's a more fruit pure aromatically than previous years.
The palate really over delivers - generous fruit, bloody orange, ripe raspberry and fresh plums sit between walls of tannin that run long through the pallet. They feel medium fine - terracotta or some sort of slightly porous texture here. The tannin builds weight in the mouth. A little amaro finish is true to the varieties and somewhat Italiano, with acidity playing a quiet supporting role. It’s refreshing and satisfying, happy in or out of the fridge depending on the weather of the day. Delicious on its own but will lift with a little bit of food.