Vino Intrepido Dulcet Tones Dolcetto 2021


James Scarcebrook has worn many hats over his years in the wine industry, but Italian wines have always had a special place in his heart. As often happens, his mother has had the biggest influence over this lasting romance, as since James was a kid, she would often converse with him in Italian. Despite being a young winemaker, James has already a great knowledge of the best terroirs for Italian grape varieties in Australia and a true affinity with those. The fruit for this wine was sourced from the volcanic soils of Macedon Ranges, at the property of Mount Franklin Estate. The luminous purple colour and the aromas on the nose are speaking of Dolcetto: black cherries, black plums, cranberries, dried Mediterranean herbs, violets. The powdery tannins (after all Dolcetto is considered the cousin of Nebbiolo) frame the black and red fruit, and sweet spices from the oak, of this “little sweet” one (translated from the Italian Dolcetto). Good length and varietal character. Bravo James!