Yesterday we recieved a new wine to add to the list, Quealy Nebbiolo 2012.
This wine is from a central Victorian vineyard in the Pyreneese mountain (read hills not alps) range. I have tried a few wines of this variety and vintage lately and feel that it may become a real presence on many wine list and bottle shop shelves over the coming little while. So I though I might write a little about this wine, grape and producer.
I really like what Kathleen has done with this wine, it has a lively bright palate with the famous purfume that this grape is so highly regarded for. The colour is bright and brick red and still very vibrant. Often when I am enjoying nebbiolo I am looking into a very different liquid in a glass, this is because the Italians love to create structure using oak to balance that wonderful fine acidity that the best vineyards and winemakers of Piemonte have in their wine. This oak really needs time to integrate into the wine and so the fruit colour has really dropped away by the time these wines are released.
She has used both Amphora and barrels when making this wine the Barolo DOC rules mean that the Italians can not use this method but I have tried a couple of Nebiolos from further north closer to the Swiss border that have also been fermented in concrete and remember that they seemed to have a similar supple fresh character to them.
Here is a link to Kathleens web page if you would like to find out more about her.
Here is a link to some of my favorite Barolo producers (GAJA )page if you want to get your hand on some of these I suggest MW muesum store to buy wine that has been super cellared and is ready to enjoy now (once it has settled down after transport to your house 2 weeks or so I think is best)