The Story: What does one buy for a husband of almost twenty years who 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 Ray’s 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 tonnes of Nebbiolo, 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.
It worked again in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. So we hope it is safe to say Nebbiolo has become a permanent member our pantheon.
The Wine: The sixth release of our Nebbiolo sourced from the wonderful vineyard in the Pyrenees. Open top fermented with a “modest” 27 days on skins post ferment. The wine has autumnal flavours with deliciously firm tannins. Save it for a few years or drink with some Osso Bucco.