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Willoughby Bridge Nebbiolo

Vintage 2012


Whilst warmer than Vintage 2011, yielded perfectly ripened Nebbiolo grapes to produce and intensely aromatic, textured, expressive wine.


The Vineyard


Nebbiolo the benchmark variety of Northern Italy is grown expressively at our Willoughby Bridge Vineyard, at Colbinabbin, Northern Heathcote.With a North to South row orientation, this vineyard is spur pruned to encourage a dense canopy to protect the fruit from the harsh afternoon summer sun. All rows are mulched naturally, this protection at the base of the vines minimises sun reflection and alters the micro climate to make it milder within the vine canopy.


The Winemaking


After handpicking, the separate fruit parcels were given a short pre-fermentation cold soak before being crushed and open fermented at warm temperatures. The wine was hand-plunged twice daily during its six-day ferment to extract the desired levels of colour and flavour. After ferment the individual wines were pressed of into new and secondary oak casks. Blended and bottled in July 2014.


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