Tertini Hilltops Nebbiolo 2017 (Hilltops, New South Wales) "rose petal, cherries, fine tannins..."
The fruit for this wine was grown in the Hilltops region of New South Wales. The vineyard is situated on a rolling hillside near Young at an altitude of 500m and has rich red volcanic soils. This vineyard sees warmer days to ripen Nebbiolo and cool nights to ensure the fruit is grown with the richness, aromatic development and balance that this region is renowned for.
A drier than normal winter in 2016 meant budburst happened 2 weeks earlier than usual. Some spring rainfall helped keep the frost away and ensured healthy growth in the vines. While it was a dry growing season, maximum temperatures were still moderate and the harvest dates for all varieties ended up falling back to the their expected times, not earlier as experienced in other grape-growing regions.
The Hilltops region has mostly drier and warmer days with some cooling relief at night due to its continental position. The Nebbiolo was harvested on 29th March at 13.5 baume from a 20yo single vineyard, this wine was open-fermented with cultured yeast, 28 days on skins, matured in French Oak (10% new) for 9 months.
"What do we really expect from new world Nebbiolo? For me it’s about teasing out the grace in the grape. I want my local Nebbiolo to deliver hints of Northern Italy while remaining genuinely Australian. But what does that look like?
To put it simple, it looks like the Tertini Hilltops Nebbiolo. Fruity and floral with enough tannic bite to remind you of the seriousness wrapped within. Dark ruby in colour with bright edges. A charming nose redolent of dried petals and red summer fruit followed by flavours of cherry and raspberry and fine to medium tannins alongside a generous juiciness giving the wine structure and presence throughout. Lip-smacking and judiciously priced." - Erez Gordon, Carboot Wines