Bearded State Nebbiolo comes off an old vineyard that was a trial site for the Treasury Wine group. It is an immaculate set-up and was bought by a consortium that is fully exploiting the treasures that it holds.
Bearded State Nebbiolo is classic Nebbiolo, light in colour and weight but full of cherry and rose petals, spicy hung meats and earthy/mineral notes. For such a light wine it carries a bit of tannin and acid too.
I suggest drinking Bearded State Nebbiolo over the next few years and pairing it with a mushroom risotto.
Bearded State Nebbiolo 2018, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
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Famously producing long-lived red wines which are light of colour but abundant in tannin from Barolo, Barbaresco and various other local wines. This is the variety that defines the region. Typical flavours include Tar, roses, anise, cherry, blackberry and truffle.
On the southwest slopes of New South Wales, the landscape runs down from the western heights of the Snowy Mountains towards the plains of the Riverina. There is approximately 303 hectares of mostly Cabernet, Shiraz and Chardonnay planted in this warm climate.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the special terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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