The Vino Intrepido Spanna In The Works Nebbiolo Pyrenees 2019 is a special Nebbiolo. It is based on the Spanna appellation in Piedmont (hence the pun in the name). While you may not often put together Nebbiolo Pyrenees, the fruit is sourced from a vineyard that will eventually be considered one of Victoria’s best sites. Although previous releases have been younger drinking, this one is serious Nebbiolo. It is dark and brooding, it packs a tannic punch and demands time. You can definitely drink it now but give it a good amount of air. It will evolve with time in the bottle too. Try this wine with a mushroom risotto.
What happens when wine is made by a podcaster, traveller of the known and unknown wine world, father and nice guy to boot? You get Vino Intrepido. James Scarcebrook aka The Intrepid Wino is a busy lad that loves wine. In 2016 he started a project for his interest and fun to see what it is like to make wine. And to see if he can make the wines express what he had in his head. In 2017 the range expanded from one batch to several and this is the first release.
As the Great Dividing Range heads south into the Pyrenees foothills and ranges it helps to create a remarkable diversity of microclimates. 40 or so vineyards are active in the region but only a handful of brands are visible. Having said that, a lot of great producers source fruit from the Pyrenees. Savoury, spicy reds are the order of the day with some aromatic whites being quite successful too
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.