Tar & Roses Nebbiolo

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Tar & Roses Nebbiolo

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Heathcote, VIC
ALC: 13.5%
Vintage: 2018

Things are getting all kinds of complex here. A Tar & Roses nebbiolo with tar and roses characteristics because Tar & Roses was named after the hints of tar and roses you get from a nebbiolo. Phew. It’s also impressively flexible. Serve up with food now, tuck away for a few years or sink into your favourite chair and enjoy the black liquorice sweetness, leather and olive tapenade characters, and bold tannin structure right away.

Euro-inspired, Aussie rooted in Nagambie, Victoria. If you’ve had your coffee today, you might know tar and roses are signature characteristics of nebbiolo. Winemakers Narelle King and Don Lewis embodied this same sense of harmony in creating Spanish and Italian varietals with an inventive Aussie twist. Don’s legacy still lives on, with Tar and Roses focusing on the little things and quality fruit to make intense, distinctive and definitively gluggable wines.


"Nebbiolo is a thin skinned variety known for its unusually light colour and deceptively high level of tannins. In fertile soils it can produce large crops with large bunches and berries. The Heathcote vineyard, while close to the rich deep Cambrian vein of soil, is tempered by harder granite gravels that has seen the vines produce a more balanced canopy to crop ratio. The balanced crop level has meant even ripening and minimal disease pressures. Substantial tannin on the palate lingering and fleshy, with a lifted floral and carnation notes on the nose with hints of herbal tea and spearmint jube leaves."


You can’t go wrong with a classic spaghetti al pomodoro here. And yes, this is also ideal if it’s a weeknight and the cupboard’s bare cos you’ll likely have all the ingredients ready to rock. Hey presto! Date night, sorted.


JH Score: 93 Points.

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