For those of you unfamiliar with this cuvee, it’s perhaps the least crafted wine I make and typically a sum of parts that didn’t quite make their intended home. The wine is always labelled non-vintage, simply as Victorian Red Wine. This particular release comprises 2018 and 2020 Nebbiolo from Heathcote. These wines were made with great sincerity however neither quite made the quality mark for a “Willoughby Rd’ release and thus, ended up together here. The parts complement each other very well - thank the wine gods for that one.
Very varietal hue in the glass - ruby red meets rust to a terracotta rim.
Pine needle spice, poached cherry and rosehip aromatics are warm and inviting. A little perfumed lift too.
Weight is medium to light, lovely fine tannins line the road and polished cherry and strawberry fruit walk along. There’s some earthy spice - nutmeg and cinnamon. It's a really delicious light Nebbiolo, super autumnal, more than one glass sort of a number and will compliment hearty dishes. - Pat Underwood.
Since the previous release an important part of the spirit of the boot is a charitable kickback. Last month a donation to the value of $1 per bottle was made to the Environmental Defenders Office, the largest environmental legal centre in the Asia Pacific. This donation is made in advance of release and paid against each bottle made - sold or otherwise.
From EDO’s website:
Since 1985, we’ve offered expert legal advice to thousands of ordinary people and community groups, taken bold and groundbreaking environmental cases to court and fought for laws that better protect our land, air and water. Our track record of legal victories spans more than three decades.
We work all around the country, with farmers, conservation groups, Traditional Owners, and people from all walks of life and all manner of places – from the heart of the outback to the centres of our biggest cities.