First Drop Forza Nebbiolo 2011
A nebbiolo ...from Australia! Yes Italy’s Piedmonte region might be these grapes natural home, but First Drop are experimental winemakers who along with making wonderful wines from shiraz and cabernet, specialise in Italian grapes. From a unique vineyard near Kersbrook in the northern Adelaide Hills. The wine is aged for 20 months in 40% new oak barrels. Copyright JancisRobinson.com: "On the nose there’s a classic Nebbiolo fragrance of red fruit, light spice and a hard to describe savoury-sweetness. On the palate, the texture has the thickness of more oak but the tannins are still very fine and compact. Currently less come-hither than the Home of the Brave but there’s depth and serious length here - and the potential for a fine old age, with lots of pleasure in between. The last drop sitting in the glasses was flagrantly red fruited and juicy. With canneloni, it slid down a treat. " 17.5 points.