Affectionately known as 'Truffle Hound', this wine pays homage to the ancient craft practiced around harvest time, when hardy men take their precisely trained dogs (and pigs!) in the cold, foggy mountains to hunt for the most savoury, earth-drenched truffles they can find. Inspired by a small vineyard block at Kersbrook, an underdog site overlooked by the prima-donna winemakers of days gone by. After working closely with the viticulture of this site for three years, we've finally got these vines growing to top-notch standard. Nebbiolo is a challenging variety, presenting a holy-grail for many winemakers -- who tend to lose their hair over growing, crafting and maturing it. It captivates, enthrals and beckons. It causes winemakers to make the great pilgrimage to Barolo -- the mecca for Nebbiolo -- to learn how to tame this ethereal beast. This is our early-released, approachable and jovial expression of Nebbiolo -- not a long maturation in our cellar, we aim to retain the higher aromatics, herbal savouriness and its amaro-like refreshment. We select ferments and batches that are showing these qualities to hold for this wine. From a tiny 40 dozen produced in 2014 -- with a sell-out rate we've not experienced in any other wine -- comes a much healthier production of the 2015 Truffle Hound Nebbiolo. A super-savoury cousin to Nouveau Pinot Noir, for those who favour meaty, gaminess over bright plum-fruit. This is the anti-Nebbiolo-Nebbiolo. An exploration for umami-like refreshment. The Nebbiolo components come in equal parts from Kersbrook, Adelaide Hills, and Polish Hill River, Clare Valley, along with a touch of Barbera in a conservative 5% amount (also Polish Hill River), that does wonders to the acid-line of this wine. It only spends four days on skins, then pressed to finish fermentation in a large foudre. It presents with a smoky, amaro-like licorice and cardamom spice. Given drive by a lively and juicy palate-weight and pucker with a bright yet savoury finish. Brendon Carter, Winemaker.
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.