VINEYARD: Malakoff, Landsborough (Pyrenees) Victoria
WINEMAKING: Crafted from a single parcel of premium Nebbiolo from the acclaimed
Malakoff Estate vineyard. Hand-picked in mid April, the fruit was separated into two ferments - one being destemmed whole berries (65%) and the other consisting of 100% whole bunches (35%). After undergoing spontaneous fermentation, the whole berries were left on skins for an additional 130 days to allow optimum tannin integration. The wine was matured in a mixture of new (17%) and seasoned French oak barriques for 12 months before bottling.
TASTING NOTE: Garnet in colour, this wine delivers aromas of macerated cherries, raspberry, antique leather, aniseed and lifted floral notes. The palate offers sour cherry, rose hip, rosemary and hints of liquorice finishing with assertive yet fine, silky tannins.
PEAK DRINKING: Present - 2027+
TA: 6.42 g/L
135 dozen produced
2017 Fetherston Nebbiolo
'This was the wine I kept going back to in a blind line up. And I had a slew of visitors during it too, and kept pouring them this one out of the brown paper bag.
Pale coloured garnet thing in glass. Transparent and yet tense, red cherry, rose hip tea, faint malt and pulverised rock characters. A swish of firming tannins, all stony and drying too, but finishes blood orange mouth-watering and pretty in a way. Very fresh, poised and pure, very long and fine, very good wine here. Very.'
- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
'From the Malakoff Vineyard, 150 days on skins, aged in 100% French oak, 17% new. Noticeably pale in colour which is no surprise. A fragrant, aromatic bouquet showing floral perfume, anise like herbs and red-berried fruit. It's quite light-bodied, barely medium really, but the delicacy and gentle persistence win you over.'
- Steven Creber, Halliday Wine Companion