Saturday, 2 April 2016

Líráh Winter Harvest Nebbiolo 2006

Now here's an interesting story... a winter harvest.

Líráh have succeeded to pick during winter for five successive vintages (2005-2009) and claim to be the only vineyard in the world producing this style consistently.

A quarter of the fruit for this 2006 was picked in April with the balance in June. June! And whilst this style of wine needs to be differentiated from "late harvest" or "ice wine", yields are very low - 1500kg from 1.2 hectares compared to norms around ten tonne per hectare. As a result, only up to 100 cases are produced. Some different vineyard sites have been trialled over the years yet only one is able to produce fruit which doesn't rot delivering ripe, round berries.

Ochre and red brick like in appearance with head spinning aromas of soy sauce, port, mushrooms, oyster sauce and some roasted nuttiness. Oak is present but plays a neat supporting role. The mouth is coated generously and the super fine powdery tannins appear have been sprayed on lingering for what seems an eternity.

A wine you just want to sip and savour every last drop yet it is still working to its peak form.

Will age as long as you want but 20 years is suggested.

Not available retail but can be purchased on premise at Brisbane's Il Centro, Aria and online.

Very good.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $95
Source: Tasting

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