Rock Ferry Corners Nebbiolo 2021
$65.00 inc. GST
93/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
5 stars – Michael Cooper
“This very famous northern Italian variety is beginning to see more plantings in Aotearoa New Zealand. This example showcases the perfumes and fruit core scent that define the variety with cherry and strawberry laced with clay minerals and salty chalk, some mushroom and ethereal floral layers. Complex, firm and dry, bold tannins and acid structure, ripe fruits and complexity that will develop overtime. A wine that should be explored beginning 2025 through 2035. I am excited to see this variety get established in New Zealand.” – Cameron Douglas MS
“A rare but convincing example of New Zealand Nebbiolo, the 2021 vintage was estate-grown at Rapaura, in the Wairau Valley, and matured for 14 months in seasoned oak casks. Full-coloured, it is fragrant and sweet-fruited, with deep, vibrant, plum and spice flavours, nutty oak adding complexity, and good tannin backbone. A graceful, energetic red with obvious potential, it’s already delicious, but well worth cellaring to 2026+. Certified organic.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: A lovely floral nose with a hint of blackberries and herbaceous notes. Complimented by bright dark cherry and dried rose petals on the palate, with prominent chalky tannins.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was carefully hand-picked, sorted, destemmed, and then fermented in small, open top oak puncheons with indigenous yeast. Daily pigéage by hand was done which after 3 weeks on skins the wine was gently pressed, settled, and aged in seasoned oka. A natural spring malolactic fermentation occurred and after 14 months élevage the wine was racked and bottled unfined.
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand