2009 Mt Franklin Estate Nebbiolo

The Holy Grail of Italian red grape varieties, Nebbiolo makes the iconic Barolo and Barbaresco wines from its viticultural heartland in Piedmonte, north-wast Italy. Mt Franklin Estate at Franklinford north of Daylesford, appears to suit plantings of Nebbiolo with a similar microclimate to the Piedmonte region with the added benefit of those 'x' factor soils there.

Ruby red colour with a purply brown hue. Heady aromatics of stewed prunes, crushed rose petals, dusty earth and cigar box that segue to a sophisticated palate dressed up in soft leathery tannins. Chocolate, tarry spice and prunes fill out the rest, it's got all the varietal qualities going on here in this medium weight Neb. 
Barrel aged for eighteen months adds more complexity. Dry mouth puckering, persistent tannins to the finish. Brooding in nature after time in the glass.

Only a small volume released of this classy little Nebbiolo, which still has a few years left in its legs. Look out for future vintages. Piedmontese in style that punches above its weight. Very Good.  

Source: Winery Sample. Alcohol: 12.5%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $25.00. Rating: 90 Points.

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