The word ‘Nebbiolo’ comes from the Italian for ‘fog,’ and it is Italy’s answer to Pinot Noir; complex, ethereal, layered, and able to produce some of the world’s most stunning wines. Now grown all over the world, Nebbiolo is native to the Piemonte region of Italy - and perhaps most famously produced in the subregion of Barolo. Although Barolo is the most famous DOCG for Nebbiolo, it would be remiss not to mention the other Piemonte subregions that also claim DOCG status – Barbaresco, Roero, Gattinara, and Ghemme. All of these regions produce beautiful Nebbiolo wines.
Nebbiolo, in its youth, is often branded with the description of “tar and roses.” This is a simplified version of the characteristic floral notes of Nebbiolo, but also a nod to its potential earthy, bitter undertones that need to soften with age. Aged Nebbiolo has a typically red-brick hue, and complex flavours of leather, spice, cherry, dried herbs, tobacco and cedar.
Australia has had tremendous success with Nebbiolo in cooler regions, such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, and McLaren Vale and Clare Valley in South Australia.