A ripper vintage for Nebbiolo, even though it was an early harvest across the board it wasn’t that early for Nebbiolo in Western Victoria. This wine is sourced from the vineyards of Glenlofty 60% & Malakoff 40% (5 mins apart) in the Landsbrough Valley Pyrenees Victoria.
The two vineyard parcels were kept separate in fermentation & élevage, I applied many different techniques learnt from being around wineries all my life. Single batches of varying percentages of whole bunch, time on skins, ageing length in cask. the wine just looked so complete as one unit together to represent the Landsbrough Valley.
It h as been a patient waiting game, very excited to get this out!
The Wine Front
Latta Headwaters Nebbiolo 2016
Posted on 11 July 2019.
Woah! A Latta wine in a claret bottle! Exciting in itself. Anyway, not sure why, but I feel less comfortable judging Australian Nebbiolo than I do with wines from Italy. Familiarity, I guess, though the same rules apply to both. Oh, let me just do my best.
Juicy cherry, sweet almond, dried flowers, white pepper, mint and liquorice. Medium-bodied, clear and fresh, raspberry and red cherry to taste, with savoury new leather/tobacco flavours in play. Spice too. Tannin is of the ‘brick dust’ kind, or so I like to say. Pulls dry and long on the finish, the tannin something of a highlight. A very impressive Aussie Neb.
Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Jul19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $45
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2019 - 2027+
04 Aug 2019
Geez I like this. More of a classicism here than expected. Very long, fine-shapely tannins. Rings the bell for ‘excellent’. Very good review and words by GW. 94