2009 Morello Nebbiolo
The 2009 Morello Nebbiolo has intensely lifted cherry with subtle star anise aromas. It has a light bodied, bright, vibrant palate with flavours of fresh cherries. The palate has a backbone of subtle grainy tannin with a clean finish and long persistence.
Grapes were picked at optimum ripeness from our St Kitts Vineyard, in a few different batches. The grapes are then crushed de-stemmed and fermented in small open fermenters using natural yeast. Some parcels are left on skins for up to three weeks, other parcels are pressed when dryness is reached.
Matured in old hogshead for 24 months. The wine is then racked out of the barrel and the wine is bottled unfiltered.
The 2009 vintage started a little earlier than usual due to a week of hot weather. Following this, the weather settled down to an extended spell of warm, dry days and cool nights. Some light rain in March provided much needed relief for thirsty vines, and resulted in the vintage finishing well, producing wines with excellent colour and flavour.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
89 Points: 'Star-brights crimson-purple; is not overshadowed by nebbiolos costing twice as much (or more); it ticks all the boxes, cherry, violet, tannins and acidity dancing a quadrille.'