A very positive start to the growing season saw drier than normal conditions through spring and early summer, resulting in very even berry set, good berry size, less shoot vigour, and very even yields. Very warm weather in late January and early February encouraged early ripening in almost all varieties.
The first notations of Nebbiolo date back to as early as the 11th century in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. Nebbiolo is prominent in, and famous for, producing wines like Barolo and Barbaresco. A difficult variety to grow, Nebbiolo is thin skinned and very sensitive to it’s surrounding environment, requiring the right soil conditions and cooler locations with warm-to-hot daytime temperatures.
Rutherglen Estates low yielding Nebbiolo vines produce fruit with a distinctively savoury or herbal aroma. Although it is one of the first varieties to bud, it is always the last variety to be harvested from our vineyards. The fruit benefits from a 24 to 48 hour cold-soak after crushing, before being inoculated and fermented with a selected Italian, spicy Barolo yeast.
Region Rutherglen, North East Victoria
Harvest date March 2006
Release date September 2010
Oak treatment Old French oak hogheads
Total acid 6.7g/L
Residual sugar Dry, less than 1.0g/L
BRONZE Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2010