The Fetherston Vintners 2016 Nebbiolo is crafted from a single parcel of Mudgee clone fruit. Hand picked in mid April, the fruit was separated into two ferments - one being destemmed whole berries (70%) and the other consisting of 100% whole bunches (30%). After undergoing spontaneous fermentation, both batches were left on skins for an additional 60 days. The wine was matured in a mixture of new (17%) and older French oak barriques for 12 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Soft garnet in colour, this wine delivers aromas of macerated cherries, black raspberry, antique leather, aniseed and lifted floral notes. On the palate there's sour cherry, rose hip, rosemary and hints of liquorice leading to assertive yet fine, silky tannins.
Single vineyard wine
Malakoff vineyard - Landsborough Victoria
150 dozen produced
2016 Fetherston Nebbiolo
'Bright and brilliantly clear in colour; cherry blossom, rose petals, violets and spices whether you’re taking in the bouquet or cradling the palate. This really is a Nebbiolo to make you think of pinot noir. Gorgeous wine.'
- James Halliday, Wine Companion
'From the Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees region. 150 dozen made. Some whole bunches, mostly old oak though a small percentage of new, fermented wild, left on skins for 60 days. They do things right at Fetherston.
It’s appropriately light in colour and appropriately high in both acid and tannin. The light, the delicate, the refreshment, the force. It’s more dried herbs and florals than fruit; though red cherry and woody anise flavours are certainly present. It swings confidently through the palate and screws firm and savoury through the finish. It’s good now, very good, if not quite ‘there’. Time will be kind.'
- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front