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2012 Galli Estate Artigiano Heathcote Nebbiolo

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Galli Estate makes the perfect depictions of Italian varieties using the best Australian vineyards in Heathcote and Sunbury. You’ll be transported to Piedmont when you take in the intoxicating aromas of this Nebbiolo that has found a new home in Heathcote. It was always Lorenzo Galli’s dream to see wines from his beloved Italy grown in his adopted country and this delivers red fruit, earth and floral aromas. The palate rewards with redcurrant, and earth as well as dried herbs.

Winemaker's Notes

Details: Dark cherry red in colour, this wine has aromas of red berry fruits and roses, with a hint of earthiness. The palate is juicy yet savoury. Red currants and blood plum dominate, with an undercurrent of baked earth and dried Italian herbs. The finish is long with grippy tannins and pronounced acidity. A refreshing medium bodied red of great character and poise.

Viticulture: Vines planted in 2002. Vines spur-pruned and vertical shoot positioned to ensure fruit exposure and even ripening. Low yielding to ensure richly flavoured grapes.

Vintage: Drought breaking year, cold winter and delayed budburst. Good soaking rains in November, January and February. A late ripening variety, so Nebbiolo wasn’t picked until the end of April. Cropped at 1Tonne/acre.

Winemaking: Fruit was destemmed and tipped into a small open fermenter, cold soaked for 4-5 days and natural “wild” yeast fermented. Plunged 5 times daily during cold soak, then 1-2 times daily during ferment. A long post maceration with no plunging, lead to 33 days total on skins. Pressed into 6yr old French oak barriques with natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked on a new moon (twice) and bottled without fining or filtration.

Ageing potential: Enjoy now, or cellar for 3-5 years.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2012 Galli Estate Artigiano Heathcote Nebbiolo

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-weight. Juicy acidity, tobacco and leather notes, a strike of sweet aniseed to the finish. Certainly varietal. Quite firm. Still in the process of resolving itself, but looks promising.
2017 - 2023
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89

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