Hans Herzog Nebbiolo 2016
$115.00 inc. GST
96/100 – Stephen Wong MW
97/100 – James Suckling (2014 vintage)
“Crimson with a garnet rim. Immediately recognisable as nebbiolo with high-toned floral aromas, roses and violets over a dried herb and dark earthy, truffly core. Oak plays a supporting role rather than dominating. Serious from the outset but not without pleasure. The palate has excellent articulation of tannins, firm and grippy on the back-palate without interrupting the wine’s elegant flow. Ripe and warming, the wine’s mid-weight red fruit amplifies towards the back, delivering a beautifully sustained finish which opens up like a peacock’s tail. Magnificent stuff with plenty of life ahead of it. Drink 2025 to 2039.” – Stephen Wong MW
Tasting Note: Tasting Nebbiolo is quite an arresting experience because the floral and light red fruit aromas suggest a wine much lighter than it is. Tasting blind it is easy mistaken for a great Grand Cru Burgundy with its firm grip of the pronounced acidity and ethereal structure. The 2014 Nebbiolo is without rival, we felt transported to Piemonte, reminiscing of wild herbs, cherries, truffles and prunes. The silky, soft texture and delicious sweetness of the extracts, upheld by a sufficient acidity enough to make the mouthfeel velvety and seductive. A truly regal wine – pure, elegant and perfectly balanced that will last forever if you have the heart to keep it aside.
Winemaking: “After a long cold soak to extract the beneficial compounds from skin and seeds I let the grapes go through a natural fermentation for a few weeks. A maceration period after fermentation extracted the now soft and sweet tannins for additional flavours. The wine matured for 48 month in older French Barriques to soften and round up tannin and acidity but avoiding too much additional wood tannin extraction. With more than 3 years of additional bottle ageing at perfect temperature in our barrel hall this would more than equal to a ‘Riserva’ quality (total of 5 years of ageing). No fining. No filtration. Purely natural.” – Hans Herzog
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand