2012 HENSCHKE THE ROSE GROWER NEBBIOLOHenschke
Grape: Nebbiolo 89% Barbera 11%
Region: Barossa, South Australia
Zone: Eden Valley
The nebbiolo grape originated in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy and is best known as the variety of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is believed that the name nebbiolo is derived from the Italian word nebbia, meaning fog. Henschke’s nebbiolo vines have been planted on rocky soils on an elevated foggy north facing slope at the source of the North Para River at the top of the range overlooking the village of Eden Valley, and named after the pioneering Roesler family, who managed the property as a dairy for generations. Roesler is an occupational name for rose grower.
Tasting note: Brick red with ruby hues. Sweet, fragrant aromas of cherry stone, persimmon skin and rosehip supported by savoury notes of crushed graphite, dried sage and thyme. The delicate palate is restrained and tightly wound, with concentrated berry skin and red cherry flavours, vibrant acidity that builds complex intensity on the finish and fine, savoury tannins that provide focus and length.
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: sandy loam over clay-weathered rock subsoils
Nebbiolo traditionally co-fermented with barbera for added complexity; matured in seasoned French hogsheads for 12 months prior to blending and bottling.
Alcohol (%) 13%