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Mr Barval Nebbia 2019

Mr Barval Nebbia 2019 Western Australia Margaret River

$39.95

Mr Barval Nebbia 2019. Robert Gherardi was born with wine in his blood, as a small boy going to Margaret River to pick grapes with three generations of his extended Italian family. The grapes were taken to his grandmother’s suburban backyard to begin the fermentation, followed by a big lunch or dinner to celebrate the arrival of the new vintage-to-be. Nonetheless, his first degree was in marine science and biotechnology; while completing the course he worked in an independent wine store in Perth. Having tasted his way around the world in the bottle, and aged 25, he enrolled in the full oenology and viticulture degree. This led to employment at Moss Wood for four years, then Brown Hill Estate as assistant winemaker, and finally to Cullen for three years. Vanya Cullen encouraged him to travel to Barolo and work with Elio Altare for three harvests over a five-year period. This included moving to Barolo with his wife and children to experience the full four seasons of viticulture and winemaking. He returns to Italy each year for his boutique travel business, with customised tours of Barolo, Valtellina and further north. And so he arrived at the name for his winery: Margaret River, Barolo and Valtellina.

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Mr Barval Nebbia 2019

This wine is inspired by the early release Langhe Nebbiolo and Nebbiolo d’Alba styles of wine produced in the Barolo and Barbaresco zone of Italy. I have been living and working between Margaret River and this most famous of Italian fine wine regions since 2009. For this wine I wanted to make a great introduction to this grape variety which is totally foreign to most Australian consumers. As with all of my wines I sought to promote a purity of varietal expression and not take any aspect of the wine ‘too far’

A flawless pale garnet in colour, this wine displays all of the typical colour notes of the Italian Nebbiolo grape. Hints of just ripe red cherry, violet perfume and red/purple rose combine with a savoury ‘meatiness’ to give a light yet complex nose. The wine is medium weight at best, with high acidity and a high level of tannin so reminiscent of the Nebbiolo variety. Importantly, the tannins are not bitter but display a nutty dryness which works well to balance the cherry fruit and floral spice core of the palate. This wine was conceptualised as an early drinking style and will perhaps be at its best in the first 5 years of its life, but careful cellaring will see it mature and develop for well beyond that short timeframe.

Enjoy with salami and prosciutto, a rare grilled steak, or anything with some fats in it to give the tannins something to react with besides your gums and teeth and to transform the drinking experience.

Robert Gherardi was born with wine in his blood, as a small boy going to Margaret River to pick grapes with three generations of his extended Italian family. The grapes were taken to his grandmother’s suburban backyard to begin the fermentation, followed by a big lunch or dinner to celebrate the arrival of the new vintage-to-be. Nonetheless, his first degree was in marine science and biotechnology; while completing the course he worked in an independent wine store in Perth. Having tasted his way around the world in the bottle, and aged 25, he enrolled in the full oenology and viticulture degree. This led to employment at Moss Wood for four years, then Brown Hill Estate as assistant winemaker, and finally to Cullen for three years. Vanya Cullen encouraged him to travel to Barolo and work with Elio Altare for three harvests over a five-year period. This included moving to Barolo with his wife and children to experience the full four seasons of viticulture and winemaking. He returns to Italy each year for his boutique travel business, with customised tours of Barolo, Valtellina and further north. And so he arrived at the name for his winery: Margaret River, Barolo and Valtellina.

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Mr Barval

Country

Australia, Margaret River, Western Australia

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Nebbiolo, Other Red Varietals

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