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2021 Vino Intrepido 'Spanna in the Works' Pyrenees Nebbiolo

Multi-regionalRedAustralianHighly Recommend

$ 49.99 AUD


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In 2017 it was my great fortune to be put in touch with Robert John, proprietor of Malakoff Estate, and I ended up with some nebbiolo. As Italy’s most lauded and most demanding variety, I was apprehensive but excited to work with the grape. I’ve now made three vintages of nebbiolo from this vineyard, and it never fails to excite me, but it does need a bit more work than the other wines.Like many Italian varieties, nebbiolo has several synonyms. In northern Piemonte around Novara and Vercelli it is called spanna. With my sangiovese plans for the 2017 vintage scuppered, I thought an appropriate name for this wine was Spanna in the Works, as I had to rapidly change what I was doing in the winery. Purely by coincidence the style of the wine had more in common with an example from Alto Piemonte than a wine from the Langhe.Fruit was hand-harvested the latest ever (29th April) and completely de-stemmed. Two separate ferments started almost immediately with plunging to keep the cap moist. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the smaller fermenter was drained to barrel and the skins added to the other tank, which was sealed for a total six weeks on skins. It was then pressed, and the balance transferred to more mature Hungarian oak barriques. An initial rack and return were performed in September, and the wine went to new 750L Slavonian oak casks, before the wine was racked again to tank for bottling in February 2022.

Region - Multi-regional

Type - Red

Year - 2021

Winery - VinoIntrepido

Grape - Nebbiolo

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

Though this is light in both appearance and weight, this is no wilting flower, with plenty of tannin and acid to challenge and excite the palate. Dried strawberries and rhubarb on the nose with spices and clove, leading to juicy yet savoury red cherries and raspberries on the palate.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Dry and Textured, Earthy and Savoury, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Minimal Intervention, Something Special, Vegan Friendly

Fruit aromas & flavour

Cherries, Dried Fruits, Red Berries

Other aromas & flavour

Earth, Herbals, Meaty, Minerality, Nuttiness, Oak, Pepper, Spices, Tannins

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The Grape


Often referred to as the king of red grapes, Nebbiolo is responsible for some of the greatest wines in the world. The regions of Barbaresco and Barolo, in Piedmont, Italy, create the most revered expressions of the variety and have set the benchmarks for the world over. Nebbiolo is quite light in colour, dry and delicate but packs a punch in aroma and flavour with notes of rose, tar, cherry, red berries, blood orange, licorice, leather, terracotta and earthy herbals. These wines have high acidity and high tannins, making them extremely age worthy that deepen in complexity over decades. Simply stunning wines!

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