HEADWATERS 2020 Nebbiolo

 

Cameron & Robert John have been pioneering Nebbiolo at the Malakoff Vineyard for over 15 years, the vineyard is situated in the Landsbrough Valley Pyrenees Victoria. Another ripper vintage for the Nebbiolo off this site, even though the yields were so low compared to other seasons & the season had its challenges 

Only one harvest date this year, just before the late rains came though. Fermentation was in open concrete wax lined very little whole bunch, basket pressed earlier than previous vintages. élevage for 12 months in 2 x 500L puncheons bottled in June 2021. It has been another patient waiting game, the wine looks so good to go. future releases will be able to go back to longer maceration & élevage (2021 is still on skins now in at the end of June) very excited to get this out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latta Headwaters Nebbiolo 2018

Gary Walsh

Posted on 08 September 2020. 

Tasted alongside six Langhe Nebbiolo and rosso from 2018, and a brace of 2016 Barolo, not for comparison, though perhaps for context.

Poached strawberries, rhubarb, perfume of mint and flowers, and perhaps a little caramel too. It’s fresh and juicy, with squishy red fruit, succulence of tannin and fine cool acidity, something of a savoury sausage character, and a long spiced strawberry finish. Lovely wine. Sinewy with generosity. Fine dusty and spicy tannin lingers.
Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Sep20
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $45
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2020 - 2027+

 

Latta Headwaters Nebbiolo 2017

Gary Walsh

Posted on 21 April 2020. 

Owen Lift, on his custom information strips, sticky taped to the side of bottles, says “…5% whole bunches, fermented in open concrete, indigenous yeast, no additions, left on skins for 7 or so weeks extended maceration (I’ve been hoping to make a wine like this since working with Nebbiolo), longer elevage in cask, and a good amount of time in cask.” And here it is. It’s distinctly Australian, yet identifiably Nebbiolo.

So much perfume here, all the rose and rose oil, orange peel, spice and white pepper, and juicy red fruits. It’s medium-bodied, fragrant and fine, with silky tannin of fine chew and density, a quiet succulence and slightly minty flavour, and a very long and fine finish, all strawberry and rose. It’s a striking wine. So pretty. So authentic. And also beautiful for its point of difference.
Rated : 95 Points
Tasted : Apr20
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $45
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2020 - 2027+

 

 

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Latta Headwaters Nebbiolo 2016

Gary Walsh

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+

Mike Bennie

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

 

 

 

Latta Overture Nebbiolo Johns’ Pyrenees 2014

Gary Walsh

Posted on 05 August 2017. 

Six bottles came in the other day, of varying colours and varieties, but all in Riesling bottles. What a nutcase! I like it. This is Nebbiolo from the Malakoff Estate. There won’t be another wine called ‘Overture’ because Opus One have trademarked it for wine all over the world. Owen didn’t know, but I did, having tasted the Opus One wine just the other week.

Menthol and gum leaf perfume rides high here, but there’s lovely pure cherry and red fruit, tinged with orange peel and aromatic herbs, almost a liquorice thing going on too. I like it. It’s cool and medium bodied, with ultra-fine but firm tannin offering an insistent and shady grip, amaro and red fruits, a subtle sweetness, but savoury too, running fresh, dusty, spicy and long on the finish. Intrigue and personality. This is a great bottle of wine. Marches to the beat of its own drum, but so lovely. Nebbiolo fanciers will be well rewarded.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Aug17
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2024+

HEADWATERS 2020 Nebbiolo

AU$38.00Price