Our Wine Varieties

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a red Italian grape variety more commonly known due to its association with Barolo or Barbaresco. It is thought Nebbiolo is derived from the Italian word nebbia translated to mean fog. According to speculative theory, in the Langhe region in northern Italy, an intense fog would sweep across the valley, indicating to the locals the grapes were nearing full flavour and ready for harvest.

Like the Sangiovese & Tempranillo varieties, Nebbiolo is grown on our Belebula vineyard located on Hermitage Rd. The steep west-facing slopes, soil rich in limestone and rare exposure to frost, allows Nebbiolo to thrive in similar conditions to northern Italy.

Drawing comparisons to Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo is a light bodied red, with high levels of acidity and prominent tannins. A young Nebbiolo has intense perfume aromas of dark berries, rose petal and tar. Certainly one recommended to age at least 3 years. With age, the acidity and tannins soften, showing similarities to an aged Burgundy. Aged Nebbiolo displays more earthy scents like truffle, herb, leather, spice and tobacco.

Nebbiolo pairs well with osso buco, full-flavoured casseroles, mushroom risotto and smoked ham. One certainly recommended to cellar up to 12 years.