Valfaccenda, 'Vindabeive' Litro 2020
Young vine Nebbiolo - the wine you never knew you needed but now can’t do without. Fresh, vibrant and crunchy. Bring on the long lunch!
Region/Country: Roero, Piemonte, Italy
Production Method: Organic farming. Wild yeast fermentation. 50% whole bunches with short skin maceration (only 5 days, very short for Nebb). Short maturation and settling in old oak before bottling young and fresh.
Style: Fragrant and floral with great vibrancy and energy. Very soft, powdery tannins.
Pairing Suggestion: Game, poultry, grilled meats and veg
Profile: Nebbiolo is an extremely finicky variety, and has rarely been successfully grown outside its traditional home in Piedmont, Northern Italy. This is unfortunate, as it is an extremely high quality variety, perhaps second only to Pinot Noir in terms of allure. Fortunately we are now seeing some high quality examples emerging from Australia. The wine is typically intensely aromatic, developing the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet in which, variously, roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar. These continue onto a palate defined by high acidity and robust tannin structure which can make it occasionally challenging in youth. Nebbiolo is a variety which can age handsomely, with a softening of structure and increasing complexity.
Classic Regions: Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Alto-Piemonte (Italy), McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley (Australia)
Luca Faccenda grew up in the hills of Roero and his family has for many years been making wines in Valfaccenda, a small valley between Canale and Cisterna. Luca works, alone and by hand, his often perilously steep vineyards organically and in the cellar he takes no short cuts, striving to make wines that speak of these hills. Solo Roero, nothing else.