What does one buy for a husband of almost twenty years who, dare I say it, buys for himself whatever he wants!
Late in vintage 2013 the phone rang, it was Robert John from the Malakoff Vineyard who had heard about our penchant for unusual varieties enquiring as to whether we wanted any Viognier. We had made a pact ‘no small batches’ and so after declining the offer I was somehow possessed to ask whether he had any Nebbiolo. It was Rays birthday in May and what better present. A great Nebbiolo rivals Pinot Noir in its elusiveness and Ray loves nothing more than a challenge. Two tonne of Nebbiolo arrived, difficult to wrap, but has given Ray many hours of fun, an excuse to spend a fortune on Barolo and will provide much pleasure for years to come.
Wine made in the Lethbridge low intervention way, with long post fermentation (100 days on skin) and 18 months in large format oak.
95 points, Halliday 2019 Wine Companion
“Nebbiolo shows great promise in the Pyrenees and this wine attests to that bright future. The cliches ring true with scents of dried flowers, orange rind, sour cherry, wood smoke, twig and sandalwood, segueing to a brisk, mid-weighted palate etched with nebbiolo's mosaic of spider web tannins and febrile acidity. This is very good.