2016 S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
International Nebbiolo Day is celebrated on the 5th March. Barolo in Piedmont, Italy, is the original home. The Nebbiolo grape is now considered one of the 18 noble grapes, a term given to those varieties that are internationally recognisable. It’s original style is of a wine that is light in colour belying its power. High in tannins and acid, it is also highly aromatic and flavoured, and worthy of cellaring. Nebbiolo is also now making its name in Australia and Adelaide Hills is a region of note.
The 2016 SC Pannell Nebbiolo from Adelaide Hills in South Australia is a light red in colour with an intense brightness. A delicate perfumed nose of roses, leather, cherries and cranberries. Minerals, cedar and earthenware with a touch of gaminess add depth and complexity – this built with time in the glass. The palate is of cranberries and a touch of cherries entwined in soft aniseed flavoured leather. The tannins are grippy, akin to 240 sandpaper but in a good way. The acid is sharp and flavours are light, yet intense and complex. And the persistence is gloriously noble, worthy of celebrating on its namesake day.
Rating: 95 pts
Drink: Now; 10+ yrs
Tasted: March 2021