Longview Saturnus Nebbiolo 2019

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100% Nebb from the Adelaide Hills, this is right up there with the better examples ever made in this country. A vintage which the team at Longview believe ideally suited this variety, the fruit was hand-harvested from three different blocks and a range of clones. Average vine age is 25 years. Immediately crushed into two-tonne open fermenters, and then left on skins for four weeks, before being transferred to a 2,500 litre Austrian (Stockinger) Botti and 6-year-old French oak puncheons for 18 months. 3,500 bottles. No fining or filtration. A very pale red with a tawny rim, this was beautifully fragrant. Full of spice notes and the aroma of a complex, mature Cohiba Siglo VI (or more prosaically, tobacco leaf). Classic Nebb notes here. This is as good a Nebb as I can recall from the team at Longview. Terrific stuff. Good focus, elegance and yet there is also intensity, impressive length and a silky finish. Really looking good now but has the potential to go even higher in time.

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