2011 FIRST DROP THE BIG BLIND NEBBIOLO/BARBERA
$172.53

*6 bottle minimum order* - $28.75 per bottle

Producer: First Drop

Grape: 80% Nebbiolo 20% Barbera

Pronunciation: ‘nebbi-oh-lo’

Region: Adelaide, South Australia

Zone: Kersbrook, Adelaide Hills

Producer Info:

This wine demonstrates the perfect marriage of these two Piedmontese varieties – the fruit and acidity of Barbera melds perfectly with the savoury character and structure of Nebbiolo. Although it’s an approachable style from a single vineyard near Kersbrook in the northern Adelaide Hills

Tasting note: A pungent, intricate nose of nutmeg and cloves, layered with cherry fruit and hints of cola. A beautifully balanced palate. The cherry spice and dark chocolate of the Barbera melds perfectly with the elegant leathery structure of the Nebbiolo

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: complex sandy clay loams over shale

Production: The Nebbiolo is crushed/destemed and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20- 25°C for 6 days on skins. The Barbera is destemed only and fermented at similar temperatures for 8 days on skins. The ferments are managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, flavour and tannin from the grapes. At the end of fermentation both parcels are drained/pressed, and transfered to 3 and 4 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo MLF. Post MLF, sulphur dioxide is added, and the wines mature sur lie for 18 months. Assemblage takes place at the end of this maturation period. This wine was bottled in November 2012.

Alcohol (%) 14%