Hesketh Nebbiolo Bianco Adelaide Hills 2021
Always exciting to try a new grape – well, new to me, at least. Nebbiolo Bianco hails from Piedmont, as does the more familiar red Nebb, but apparently the two are not related. It seems also to have found a home in the Adelaide Hills, aided by the higher altitude and cooler climate than found in many Australian regions. Why have we not heard more of it? Apparently, it is a touch difficult to grow and its traditional role was found in red Nebbiolo vineyards where it was used to soften the wines. Here, it was destemmed and then gently pressed to stainless steel for fermentation. The wine was then left on its lees, while a small percentage was matured in oak for four months.
Pale yellow/lemon in colour, the nose offers citrus notes with florals and spices. Tight, with underlying minerality, appealing notes of crisp pears come through. Supple texture. It seems to draw inspiration from both good Fiano and good Pinot Gris. Fresh, intense and attractive. Hopefully, a variety we will see more of down the track. And could any wine be more ideal for an guessing game with your friends?