OLEK BONDONIO RONCAGLIETTE BARBARESCO NEBBIOLO 2018
ARPEPE SASSELLA STELLA RETICA VALTELLINA NEBBIOLO 2015
ARPEPE GRUMELLO ROCCA DEL PIRO VALTELLINA NEBBIOLO 2015
CAVES DE DONNAS VALLÉE D'AOSTE NEBBIOLO BARMET 2019
VALLEE D'AOSTA, ITALY
PETALS GENEROUS EXPRESSIVE
CLASSIC / MOUNTAIN WINE / 750ML
Located 300masl, the Nebbiolo is trellised to form large pergolas that skirt the undulating landscape. A vibrant fruit-forward wine offering ripe cherries and a moreish wet stone minerality laced throughout the mid palate.
From the Producer: The Barmet is a young and fresh wine that recalls the genuineness and a little bit of the hardness of our territory. It takes its name from the small natural cellars (Barmet) obtained under the rocks located among the vineyards, fresh refreshment to hard work. A wine for the whole meal, it is an excellent match for cured meats, chestnut and bean soups, cabbage and ajucche soups.
In Donnas, Nebbiolo has always been cultivated, a vine for great reds for aging and of which we have news since 1200, cultivated in the Alba area, in the Langhe, in the Novarese area (with the name of Spanna), in the Valtellina (with the Chiavennasca appellation) and in the Lower Aosta Valley and Canavese (with the Picotendro or Picotener appellation). It requires a long pruning that is well suited to our pergolas; the most widely used rootstock is 420 A. Environmental factors (climate, soil, etc.) have influenced the characterization of the Nebbioli in the different areas, so much so that they recognize different biotypes in the CVT 423, CVT 415 and CVT 308 clones of our areas
MUSK LANE NEBULA NEBBIOLO 2019
MACEDON RANGES, VICTORIA
PRETTY CRUNCH SILK
CLASSIC / 750ML
The Nebbiolo was fermented on skins for 90 days - allowing the wine to form long-chain tannins, giving structure without face-melting grip. Highly perfumed with great length and evolution for such a light and delicate drop.
From the Producer: The focus is to always produce wines that are honest, interesting and with soul. We believe a lo-fi approach to both our winemaking and viticultural practices enables us to achieve this goal.
In 2019 we picked up the keys to our new home in Kyneton, the old timber yard of the Turner Bros. Hardware precinct in the centre of town. A gorgeous place steeped in history that blurs the lines between urban winery, cellar door, neighbourhood wine bar and beer garden.
We scrambled together enough equipment and barrels and produced all our 2019 wines here - free to express and experiment, there’s some exciting wines coming through now.
We also now look after several vineyards from where our fruit comes from, all within an hours drive from the winery.
ALESSANDRO E GIAN NATALE FANTINO CASCINA DARDI BUSSIA BAROLO NEBBIOLO 2013
VELVET PRIME PETAL
CLASSIC / 75OML
The Cascina Bussia is left on skins for a month before being aged in old Slavonian oak for 4 years. A very delicate Barolo, coming of age. The wine in still bursting with primary petals, but an earthy undertone is definitely edging forward. 2013 was a solid year in Barolo leading to distinct regional typicity.
Information sourced from Kermit + Lynch Wine Merchants
From Two brothers, Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino, run this family estate in Monforte d’Alba. Alessandro managed the vineyards and served as the enologist at Cantina Bartolo Mascarello for 20 years, from 1978 to 1997. Since 1998, he has dedicated himself to running his family estate alongside his brother full-time.
The brother's farm eight hectares in the heart of the historic Bussia cru north of Monforte, one of Barolo’s most famous areas for producing wines of great longevity and finesse. The Fantino holdings are concentrated exclusively in the “Dardi” section of Bussia, a hillside with perfect southern and southeastern exposure in the geographic centre of Bussia. This gives them their “Cascina Dardi” brand name on the label of their Barbera and Baroli (for those already familiar with these wines, they were formerly labelled as Vigna dei Dardi, before the brothers registered the Cascina Dardi trademark).
Barolos from Bussia tend to have deep colour and rich fruit and while they don’t lack the classic tannic structure of Nebbiolo from this part of the world, they are not nearly as hard as the Barolos from the southside of Monforte or from Serralunga. This fact does not preclude the Fantino Baroli from aging but makes them delightfully approachable relatively young. The Fantinos are also blessed with some of the oldest vines in the entire Barolo zone, thanks to the fastidious care given to them by Alessandro and Gian Natale. Planted in 1946 and 1947 and pruned in an old style that is very labour intensive, they produce grapes that would be the envy of any Barolista.
The Fantino brothers produce an amazing Barbera d’Alba from these ancient vines in Dardi, and a “Rosso dei Dardi” from younger vine Nebbiolo planted on a west-facing slope. The Barbera is loaded with lush fruit and smooth, silky texture, and a ravishing perfume. The Rosso is playful, fruit-driven, fresh, and aromatic. They are also specialists with several traditional Piemontese wines that are mostly disappearing: Nebbiolo Passito and Barolo Chinato.
CALYX WINE NEB NOIR 2019
PYRENEES + SUNBURY, VICTORIA
FRUIT TANNIN WARMTH
CLASSIC / 750ML
Fruit sourced from the Lakey Farm in Sunbury and the Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees. Equal parts destemmed Nebbiolo and whole bunch Pinot Noir. Cofermented and left on skins for three months before heading to oak. Vibrant acid, floral with a late grip. No filtration or fining and minimal S02. Fruit forward, tannin warmth.
From the producer: Calyx wine is produced and letterpress printed by Yuri Zinenko in a small shed surrounded by an acre of vines in Keilor, Melbourne. Everything is done on site, by hand with help from friends and family. Since 2019 I've been printing my labels on a Chandler and Price letterpress. I currently use 170gsm Awagami bamboo paper stock which I mount onto a double sided adhesive. It is then cut down on an ideal guillotine to get press ready. I hand feed and use a rubber-based ink to make the impression. Finally, I die cut the labels to shape and stick them on the bottles. Similar to my wine making it is a constant work in progress. I'm pumped to learn more and hopefully create some exciting new gear and labels in the future. Feel free to get in contact if you want any more info x. Also a huge thank you to Dan at seagull press for sharing your 50 years of printing knowledge.
LETHBRIDGE WINES BETWEEN FIVE BELLS NEBBIOLO BLEND 2019
LIGHT AROMATIC PUNCH NEBBIOLO
LEFT OF CENTRE / 12.5% ALC / 750ML
A lively drink. Light in weight, but room filing aromatics. It is predominantly Nebbiolo, with a pinch of Pinot Noir, Aglianico, Nero D’Avola and Sangiovese.
BRICCO ERNESTO ROERO NEBBIOLO 2018
GARNET PURE FINE
CLASSIC / BIODYNAMIC / 750ML
A tiny producer based in the Roero Hills. The producer Renato Vezza sharpened his palette as a globe-trotting Somm before taking over the family farm. His wines are delicate and pure with glossy tannins surrounded by rose water, licorice and a touch of leather.
Sourced from the Republica: In France they call them "vin de garage" because they are produced in tiny cellars and in tiny quantities.They are often oenological masterpieces. As in the case of the Bricco Ernesto Red Wine which are born in the Roero hills, Priocca. The wines don't have a DOC or DOCG certification by choice of Renato Vezza the producer (Ernesto was the grandfather). Vezza was a sommelier in London in Marc Pierre White's restaurant, then in Canada and Australia. Back in Priocca he took over the family business, certified biodynamic, which had been producing grapes for 4 generations. But they had been sold, until Renato started making them. Di Rosso, (a wine that rivals Barolo), is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, only 1000 bottles are produced annually.
RAINOLDI ALPI RETICHE NEBBIOLO 2019
MOUNTAIN STRAWBERRY FINE
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML
A beautifully classic Nebbiolo from a mountainous Organic vineyard in Valtellina. Aged in large Slovenian oak, the wine is able to remain honest offering Mountain herbs, red fruits, tobacco and wet stone.
From The Distributor: Rainoldi is a fourth-generation family wine business that was founded amid a climate of poverty and emigration in 1920s Valtellina. The current owners, Aldo and Michela Rainoldi, practice organic, non-interventionist farming and age their wines in traditional large Slavonian oak. Their wines are honest, pure and of the highest order - easily producing some of the finest suites of Nebbiolo in the world.
‘Alpi Retiche’ is a smashing entry level while the humble Rosso showcases Valtellina, walking a line between smokey, savoury alpine herbs and a core of delicious little red fruits. Their Inferno Superiore showcases the rocky appellation with ripeness, tobacco and wet stone minerality. The sublime Sassella Superiore Riserva is a pinnacle of the region, spending two years in cask and one in bottle before release. It is elegantly intense and loaded with strawberry, baking spice and violet.
Valtellina is a unique territory, rich in history, culture and biodiversity. It is located in the far north of Italy, in Lombardy, in a special climatic position. It is considered the most important mountain vine-growing region in Italy, the third in Europe. It is the second-largest Nebbiolo producing region in the world.
The mountains are said to put their signature on the wines of Valtellina and, not surprisingly, the Nebbiolo grapes from this valley express the rocks and mountain. For this reason, it is unique, special, elegant, contemporary, but at the same time, beyond time and timeless. In Valtellina, the vineyards hang from the mountains, suspended on spectacular terraces made of dry-stone walls. They are nestled in the woods, able to capture and store the heat of the sun. A sort of Mediterranean scrub in the heart of the Alps, where cacti, agaves and olive trees grow. This biodiversity typical of Valtellina transmits a “Valtellina style” to the grapes and wines, a style projected into the future, designed with the values of sustainability, respectful of nature and the environment.
LUCIANO SANDRONE VALMAGGIORE NEBBIOLO 2017
HERB SOFT PURE
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML
Mouthfeel and felt, a texture driven wine with a subtle nose that leans toward wet rock rather than fruit-forward. a unique steep undulating subregion that sits on chalky sand. A beautiful insight into the versatility of nebbiolo.
From the producer: The Sandrone family farm is a continuous, three-hectare vineyard in the Valmaggiore area of Roero that they planted themselves in early 1990's. This is an extremely steep (50% gradient in places) and spectacularly beautiful terraced vineyard planted to a high density of 8,000 vines per hectare. The soil here, comprised of almost pure sand, littered with limestone fossils (i.e. chalky sand), gifts a remarkably perfumed and elegant expression of Nebbiolo, quite distinct from the denser styles of wine produced in the clay rich soils of Barolo and Barbaresco. The Valmaggiore vineyard is farmed meticulously and organically, and a strict sorting occurs each year to reach the level of purity and intensity we see in the glass today. Of course vine age is playing an ever greater role in the quality of this wine being released each year, and this is clearly one of the best examples we have shipped. Deep, fragrant and age-worthy, the 2017 offers up notes of dark cherry, pomegranate and tea, while the palate is super-fine, tightly wound and classy. There is superb purity of fruit and fine yet abundant tannins. If drinking now, the decanter is your friend. It will be even better with 5-10 years in the cellar.
"With scorching heat and little rain overall, there was reason for worry during the 2017 growing season at large, but in the Roero zone by the banks of the Tanaro river, the hilly Valmaggiore vineyards received more rain than other parts of Piedmont, so these grapes did not suffer as much. Lovely notes of red rose and some herbal tones appear on the nose of the 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore, coupled with balsam, spice and rosemary. It's voluminous in the mouth, and while the Le Vigne Barolo tends to be the most floral and delicately ethereal of Sandrone's release, this bouquet is distinctive in its own way. It would be a nice pair with a mushroom risotto." 92 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is bright, fruity and absolutely delicious. The warm vintage seems to have given the Valmaggiore an extra kick of mid-palate sweetness, which is not a bad thing for a wine that can at times be a bit lean. Sweet red berry fruit and floral notes are nicely pushed forward. The 2017 will benefit from a few years in bottle, which will allow the aromatics to develop, but it is impeccable in its balance and super-classy, even in the early going." 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous