Nebbiolo – A grape from Piedmont

About Nebbiolo Grape

It is a red wine grape variety most notably found in Piedmont, Italy. Its budding time is among the fastest and takes a long time to ripen compared to other grape varieties.

Upon ageing Nebbiolo wine develops flavours and aromas of cherries, raspberries, tobacco, tar, truffles.

Total vineyard area of Nebbiolo is 5,993 hectares in the world. It is most widely grown in Piedmont region in Italy where it is spread over 457 hectares.

Nebbiolo in Australia

  • The King Valley region of Victoria has the most widely grown vineyards of Nebbiolo spreading over 98 ha.
  • Climatic conditions of Margaret River of Western Australia and Mornington Peninsula in Victoria such as humidity, rainfall and amount of sunlight is very similar to Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy.
  • New South Wales, Clare Valley, Mudgee and Victoria’s Bendigo have good potential to become the future growing regions of Nebbiolo wines in Australia.

 

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Truely Amazing – Rolf Binder Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Rolf Binder Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

About the wine

This  wine has 35% Merlot and 65% Cabernet Sauvginon. This wine contains aromas of black cherries, red berries and black currant and comes packed with flavours of blackberry, plum and cassis. The wine has a cellaring potential of 5 – 10 years. Enjoy this wine with parmesan cheese, roast chicken and mushrooms.

About the Winery

  • The winery was previously known as ‘Veritas’ which in Latin means the truth. The first vintage by the winery was released in 1978.
  • Rolf Binder and sister Christa Deans are the key members of the winery. Rolf takes care of the production of red wines whereas Christa is in charge of whites.
  • The winery has grown throughout Australia and exports to 18 countries.
  • Rolf and Christa were jointly awarded the Barossa ‘Winemaker of the year’ in 2005.

Vineyards

Its vineyards are spread across 250 acres in Barossa and Eden Valley. The winery has 4 vineyards under it –

  • Chri-Ro Vineyard – This vineyard is covered in 26 hectares. The grapes for the old Veritas winery were sourced from this vineyard as well as grapes for the iconic Hanisch and Heysen wines
  • Western Ridge Vineyard – This vineyard produces the highest quality fruit among the rest of vineyards. Grapes varieties planted are Shiraz, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.
  • Binder Deans Vineyard – This vineyard was purchased by the winery in 2013 and holds the potential to produce some great wines.
  • Riedl Vines Vineyard – Purchased in 2014 and spread over 46 hectares, some of the vine blocks are as old as 100 years.