A Northern Italian variety native to the Trentino Alto-Adige region. We source this alternative variety from our good friends at Wirrega vineyards near Bordertown in the Limestone Coast. This region is further inland and north than our own vineyards, and it produces fruit with a rich flavour profile and full bodied palate.
2021 was a unicorn vintage for us, being a long and consistent ripening season to develop wonderful layered fruit, with good natural acidity and fine balanced tannins. Conditions during harvest were excellent with steady warm weather leading to easy ripening and excellent quality. The additional heat during the growing season is responsible for the depth of fruit flavours, complexity and structure of the tannins in this wine.
The winemaking brief was to respect and enhance the natural characteristics of this variety, so we kept it simple. Fermentation on skins for 20 days was followed with maturation in a combination of new and old, predominately French oak for the final blend.
Cooling alpine herbs and eucalypt aromas, the palate oozes black cherry with edges of dried fig. A lip smacking spine of fine grainy tannins keeps this med-full bodied wine firm and finishing long.
Try me with confit duck with roasted beetroot, fennel and a sticky plum glaze.