Happs Three Hills Nebbiolo 2011
The Nebbiolo variety originates from the Piedmont region of north-west Italy where it is responsible for some of the finest wines from that country, making it Italy’s most significant grape variety. We love the tannins and the tar and roses aromatics that are typical of this variety. The amount of tannin that the Nebbiolo grape brings to the wine can be confronting to many people. The wine should be enjoyed with food to appreciate its full flavour characteristics.
AROMA: There are attractive aromas of dark cherry, eucolypt, ironstone, tar and roses with hints of cured meat, prune and truffle.
PALATE: Intense sour cherry, dark fruits, black olive, rosemary, bitter chocolate and green plum skin with typical and confronting fine dry Nebbiolo tannin. The palate is long and savoury with a black cherry aftertaste and noticeable tannin grip. A great compliment to Mediterranean food.
We love the tannins and the tar and roses aromatics. This is a very demanding grape. In most places it produces quite unpalatable wine. A predecessor to this wine, the 2001 has been proposed as Australia’s best Nebbiolo by some who should know. Subsequent vintages have continued to impress and the wine enjoys a strong following.
The amount of tannin that the Nebbiolo grape brings to the wine can be confronting to many people. The wine should be tasted with food to appreciate its flavour characteristics. Food stimulates the salivary glands. Saliva binds to tannin with the effect that the taste buds do not get to take up as much. The wine is therefore perceived to be softer. The same caution relates to all red wines but to this one most of all.
Made in Margaret River, Western Australia.
750ml Bottle Size