Only 95 dozen made of this indigenous north-east Italian variety. Dark and brooding, earth and spice, florals and savoury herbs. A wine of great structure and assuredness.
Deep, brooding colour. Dark black/redfruits dominate the nose: blackberry, dark plum, mulberry… tarry/charry and spicy, with heady perfume and brambly earth and dried herbs adding to the mix. Hints of cedar/pine and a dusty pencilly oak character – a fruit-derived varietal character rather than any influence from the aged oak in which the wine matured. Hits the high notes with floral tones, and the bass notes with intense fruit concentration.
The palate is structured and firm, however whilst acid/tannins are in clear evidence the palate is densely packed and sweet-fruited, showing blackberry, dense plums, eastern spice, tar, black cherry and cola. A bold wine, upright and structured, yet approachable in its youth. Best enjoyed with food.
20% whole bunch ferment, on skins for 22 days. Matured for 18 months in aged French oak, unfined and unfiltered, with minimum sulphur for protection.
Only 95 dozen made from a single vineyard plot near Yallingup.