Nebbiolo is an enigma. How a single grape variety, ripening late on the cool hillsides of the Italian Alps, can pack such concentration, tannins and acidity into a wine that ages to a pale, rusty colour is barely short of a miracle. And yet nebbiolo does.

There are other curiosities, too. There are few grape varieties amongst those we highly respect that are limited to almost one region, in this case Piedmont. True, a little spreads into Lombardy and pops up in Sardinia and the New World, but Piedmont is where the best of the action is.

All the same, even in Piedmont there are limits. Nebbiolo is the latest ripening of its red companions, barbera and dolcetto, and is treated to the best south-facing sites. It also has a preference for limestone marls. The other two, as earlier varieties, can handle less sympathetic slopes and sites. Nevertheless, as the climate warms, nebbiolo is spreading its influence, treading where it dare not previously and often displacing dolcetto, which the market does not understand as well.

Nebbiolo is one of Europe’s aristocracy, with recognition that goes back many centuries, somewhat akin to pinot noir. Cabernet sauvignon, in contrast, is a mere upstart, having been first identified in Bordeaux in the late 17th century after a liaison between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. But to return to our variety of the moment, ‘nebiol’ was first recorded in a local Piedmontese document in 1266. How it found that region, or vice versa, we do not know.

All top four wines were from Piedmont with Renato Corino receiving 96 points.
All top four wines were from Piedmont with Renato Corino receiving 96 points.

I need to admit that I’m a relatively recent convert to nebbiolo’s sometimes well-concealed charms. While I never had a problem spotting the good or great ones, I found a distinct lack of comfort for my mouth. That changed, with more exposure to good examples and with the right food. I even drank a 2007 Barolo as further inspiration for this overdue introduction that your editor was champing for.

Nebbiolo is a relatively recent arrival in Australia, with a tentative footstep in Mudgee around 1980. Progress has since been slow, thanks to the dominance of French varieties. As I’ve written previously, there was a tendency for Australian companies to plant an emerging European variety on any vineyard site irrespective of that grape’s suitability to the region.

That has largely changed, now that we better recognise the strong link between a grape variety and the terroir in which it had been nurtured for centuries. This simple observation has led to nebbiolo being planted in regions with a broad similarity to its ancestral home – inland, high and cool – which has resulted in the flowering of local nebbiolos that, in part, gave rise to this tasting.

Our regular tasters this time were educator and writer Peter Bourne, wine judge and writer Toni Paterson MW and me, winemaking consultant Nick Bulleid MW. Befitting nebbiolo’s brilliant, even required partnership with food, we were joined by three sommeliers, Simon Curkovic from Cafe Sydney, Louella Matthews from Bibo and David Murphy of One Penny Red. As always, we tasted the wines in flights of about 10, in this case in descending vintage order with the Australian wines grouped within the Italian.

This was a simply brilliant group of wines. At times I feared we were being too generous in our appraisals, but there’s no doubt the quality was there. There was a surprisingly wide range of wine styles here, particularly amongst the Italians, ranging from quite delicate, perfumed wines with very approachable tannins to others that had serious grunt to their structures, suggesting a while yet in bottle was close to mandatory.

A few, I thought, would give some Barolos and Barbarescos good competition in glass-to-glass combat. The Australian wines, largely conforming to the “cool, inland” dictum I mentioned earlier, although not always the “high”, had generally softer structures, particularly tannins, yet were otherwise thoroughly varietal in their perfume and flavours.

Overall, the producers ranged from very small to large, including one cooperative winery, Produttori del Barbaresco. This is yet another example of the high standard set by some European cooperatives, La Chablisienne and Caves Turckheim being other great examples.

Several wines, and not always the older ones, had a rusty, orange colour, which in a shiraz or cabernet would have said “beware”. Not so here. There was still fruit and perfume. So, in nebbiolo, ignore colour, usually the depth but particularly the hue. Browning, even tawny colours aren’t an issue in two- to three-year-old nebbiolo.

Many wines evolved greatly in the glass, developing more of that famed perfume, prompting Curkovic to say, “They’d change more again if decanted because of their great complexity.” That evolution beautifully shows the greatest enigma of nebbiolo’s charms, a pale, tannic variety with markedly savoury flavours that grows its rose-like perfume with age.

The rusty orange colour of some of the wines shouldn't ring alarm bells.
The rusty orange colour of some of the wines shouldn't ring alarm bells.

Australia

2015 Bird on a Wire, Yarra Valley (A$50) was for me quite perfumed, with raspberry and red cherry. The palate starts juicy and with plenty of flesh, before savoury flavours and a little oak develop. It finishes with fine, dry tannins and good length. Matthews saw more complex flavours. “Smoked charcuterie, black olive and cigar box,” she said. “A structured palate with a core of dark fruit, finishing with a savoury note of baking spices.”

2016 Denton, Yarra Valley (A$48) shows considerable power, with dark plum and chocolate flavours, savoury notes over concentrated fruit. “Dense red black cherry,” Curkovic noted. “Roasted rosemary. Consommé and balsamic edges. All well integrated, a rich, modern wine.” For all its strength, the tannins are even and mouth-coating.

2017 Domenica, Beechworth (A$50) had Bourne describing “classic nebbiolo fragrances of rose petal and tar with crunchy red fruit flavours and a touch of singed orange peel. The tannins are quite stern but there’s ample fruit in support.” Murphy added, “Tar and currants.” I hit on those savoury notes, too, liking the combination of dried herbs and the ripe flavour of dates. It will age well.

2018 Fletcher The Minion, Victoria (A$36) appealed to Curkovic. “In the red fruit spectrum, with full body, well-integrated high tannin and good acidity,” he noted. “Shows alcohol but good structure. Highly complex.” I liked the perfume and leather on the nose, the raspberry and plum emerging in the mouth and the classic varietal finish.

2016 Galli Estate Adele, Heathcote (A$38) has a beautifully perfumed nose, showing strawberry and emerging leather complexity. The wine seems quite finely structured initially, but intense red berry and savoury flavours unfold before the dry, yet balanced tannins. Bourne agreed. “This is an assertive nebbiolo with firm frisky tannins and more tar than roses,” he said. “It’s true to the variety but demands a wild boar ragu.”

2015 Henschke The Rose Grower, Eden Valley (A$50) has beautiful strawberry fragrance with forest floor overtones from bottle age. The palate shows elegance, with a delicious combination of suppleness and power. There’s considerable depth of flavour, too. I recognised distinct similarities with pinot noir. “A very pretty nose of rose petal, liquorice and juicy red berries,” wrote Bourne. “The palate is striking with lots of structural tannins, the finish curbed by a medicinal Bonnington’s Irish Moss edge.”

2015 La Prova Colpevole, Adelaide Hills (A$45), for me, had a strawberry fragrance that was quite pinot-like. It has a beautiful, fine, supple structure, with the flavours gliding through the mouth. “Ethereal, a lovely wine,” thought Matthews. “Bright red berry and fresh sage, with typical varietal tannins. Calming!”

2015 Lethbridge, Pyrenees (A$50) has fabulous complexity, with fragrant strawberry, red cherry and forest-floor characters on the nose. The palate’s generous and fleshy, alcohol giving weight without heat and the tannins are fine and even, and Murphy agreed. “Tar and roses, amaro, mulberry, star anise and a hint of menthol,” he noted. “The palate drives to the finish.”

2015 Pizzini, King Valley (A$55) greatly pleased Bourne. “Spicy aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and cranberry,” he began. “The palate is quite graceful yet persistent with lots of fine-grained tannins driving the fine long finish.” I found red cherry, too, and a light perfume that grew in the glass. The flavours are quite fruit-forward for the wine’s age, with acidity lifting the finish. It’s overall attractive and charming.

2017 Ravensworth, Hilltops (A$42) had Murphy finding it “quite pinot-esque,” he continued, “currants, cherry and spices. A touch of whole bunch.” I thought it had real depth of fruit, showing great perfume, red plum and dried fig. There’s plenty of flesh, suppleness and even soft tannins.

2016 Rowlee R-Series, Orange (A$40) also shows the variety’s success in cool regions, in this case Orange. “Gorgeous aromatics,” wrote Paterson. “Baked pastry and dried fruit. The palate is rounded and juicy with excellent fruit weight, balanced tannin and refreshing acidity. Superb length with lingering dried mulberry flavours.” I found the wine very youthful, with fresh red berries and appealing soft tannins.

2016 S.C.Pannell, Adelaide Hills (A$60) received a great response from Curkovic. “Highly floral, perfumed,” he began. “Dense forest floor aromas, with sweet baking spices. Immensely structured and a long finish.” There’s a good combination of rich, red plum flavours, forest floor complexity and roasted nuts. The tannins are plentiful and balanced.

2016 Soumah Single Vineyard, Yarra Valley (A$50) received universal praise. “Damp earth, orange peel and star anise,” Matthews told us. “Rustic, chalky tannins. Quietly complex.” The red plum and spice aromas are followed by a tannin-taut palate, which is carried by sweet fruit flavours and hints of dried herbs. The wine shows beautiful drive and clearly has some years in it yet.

The 2016 Soumah Single Vineyard received praise from the entire panel.
The 2016 Soumah Single Vineyard received praise from the entire panel.

2017 Star Lane, Beechworth (A$65) has a rich nose, showing developing red plum and prune, spices and leather. The flavours are certainly very ripe but attractive, suiting the wine’s full body and balanced tannins, and Murphy agreed. “Savoury, with green herbs, spices and cherry,” he said. “Nicely complex, with a broad range of flavours. Serious age-ability!”

2016 SubRosa, Pyrenees (A$45) caused disagreement among the panel, but Murphy had no doubts. “Sweet-fruited, with blood orange and red and dark berries. The nose lifted by sage and rosemary. A new world style, with oak adding complexity. A vibrant finish.” I liked the developing strawberry flavours but, like some others, thought the oak too prominent.

2016 TarraWarra Estate, Yarra Valley (A$40) has a fragrant nose of strawberry compote with a little savoury complexity. There’s plenty of red berry flavour, with sweet spice flavours appearing and a nice cut of balanced tannin. “Enticing perfumes of fresh cranberries, fading rose petal and a classic hint of tar,” said Bourne. “Ample volume on the palate with juicy red fruits counterpoised with a brace of structural tannins.”

2017 Traviarti, Beechworth (A$65) impressed Matthews. “Really pretty, with red cherry and rose petals,” she noted. “I loved the savoury tea-leaf character. Charming, but an inky, dense palate.” I found it quite reserved to start. Savoury aromas and flavours developed in the glass and the wine finishes with a touch of sour cherry. It certainly has power.

Piedmont, Italy

2017 Albino Rocca Nebbiolo d’Alba (A$58) brought mixed views. I thought it had superb fruit, red cherry and spices mingling on the nose. Excellent depth of flavour follows, with dried cranberry prominent. The wine powers to the finish. Bourne saw it differently. “This is a traditional Piedmontese nebbiolo, quite rustic but in a charming way,” he said. “The bouquet is of cherry cola and burnt toast with firm dry tannins. Murphy thought it “a bit simple”.

2015 Azelia Langhe Nebbiolo (A$51) starts with fragrant red cherry and raspberry, with a hint of rose. The palate’s medium bodied, the sweet fruit augmented by a touch of savoury development. The balanced tannins complete an attractive package. “Pretty, with red fruits, tar and tobacco,” noted Curkovic. The garnet-orange colour is no indication of the wine’s fresh, perfumed charm. That’s nebbiolo for you!

2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba (A$95) appealed strongly to Matthews. “Fresh red cherry, toasted coconut and star anise,” she told us. “A strong, powerful palate led by tannins. Tar and tobacco complexity.” I agreed on the savoury, dry tannins, but was pleased to find ample richness and fresh, ripe plum flavours to match them. This wine will continue to develop for several years.

2017 Bruno Rocca Fralu Langhe Nebbiolo (A$50) is very fragrant, with perfumed spices and some dried herbs showing. Despite being of only medium weight, there’s good intensity and a beautiful delicacy to the flavours. The tannins are fine and dry. “Ripe red cherry, sage, rosemary and cinnamon,” said Matthews. “Fine-bound tannins dry the palate to a long finish.”

2016 Ca’ del Baio Bric del Baio Langhe Nebbiolo (A$42) appealed to me not just for its excellent depth of sweet fruit and flesh, but also its fine, lightly dry tannins. Bourne was on the same page. “A very gentle nebbiolo led by juicy red berry fruits – boysenberry, redcurrant and the like,” he found. “The palate is clean tight and bright with a fabulous spicy (star anise and clove) finish.” This shines through for its fruit rather than tannin power.

2016 Cantina Delsignore La Crotta Coste della Sesia Spanna (A$45) uses the name spanna, a local alternative to nebbiolo. “Dense and broodingly complex,” noted Curkovic. “Highly floral, with spicy, savoury herbs. The palate is richly structured.” I noted sweet spice and red fruit aromas with a hint of charcuterie. Red cherry and savoury flavours sit well in the wine’s powerful structure. It’s developing well and will take time with ease.

Nebbiolo's pedigree is on par with pinot noir.
Nebbiolo's pedigree is on par with pinot noir.

2016 Ciabot Berton 3 Utin Langhe Nebbiolo (A$45) won top points from Curkovic. “Cherries, plums, dried flowers, walnut and spices,” he said. “An immensely deep, structured wine with oodles of flavour yet still fresh.” The fragrant, red-fruited nose was immediately appealing and the well-judged cut of dry tannin completed the picture.

2018 Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo (A$64) shows the classic rose perfume well, accompanied by red cherry, strawberry and a hint of oak. The fleshy palate holds concentrated red fruits, which persist beautifully. “An open, aromatic nose,” began Matthews. “Raspberry, violet and liquorice. Chalky tannins balanced by plum notes and a savoury finish.”

2016 Conterno Fantino Ginestrino Langhe Nebbiolo (A$75), unusually, has a deep garnet-red colour. The nose matches it, dense and closed, with dark cherry and plum. The palate’s very savoury, powerful, even brooding, with dusty, dry tannins. “It’s super complex,” said Curkovic. “Spice and tar, black olive and black cherry. Beef stock, balsamic and herb notes. Extraordinary depth and length.” Please give it time. And flavoursome food.

2017 Cordero di Montezemolo Langhe Nebbiolo (A$45) started somewhat reserved, but came up to show youthful raspberry and spice aromas. There’s plenty of powerful flavour and strength of tannin. “Whole-bunch, cured meats, cherry, orange and savoury elements,” suggested Murphy. “A stemmy, greener edge to the firm tannins, but nicely structured.” Paterson was less enthusiastic. The wine clearly needs time.

2016 E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Langhe Nebbiolo (A$80) had all-round support. The wine opened with sweet, ripe red fruits – plum and cherry – but leather and spice fragrance built in the glass. The wine’s highly structured with distinct tannins, but the fruit shines through. “‘Elegant’ sums up this benchmark nebbiolo,” said Bourne. “There’s an abundance of upfront red fruits backed by some earthy spices and a hint of tar. The palate is tight and bright with plenty of fleshy red berries and a fine, long, tannin-led finish.”

2018 Elvio Cogno Montegrilli Langhe Nebbiolo (A$57) shows how a pale, garnet colour can deceive in nebbiolo. This wine initially showed dried herb characters, but built in the glass to reveal red cherry and spice aromas. The palate has nice flesh, a clean tannin bite and good length. “Inviting rose petal on the nose,” Matthews told us. “Good structure, with hard tannins but well-integrated with the fruit.” The colour may suggest early development, but this wine has a few years to go.

2017 Fletcher Nebbiolo d’Alba (A$45) gained top points from Matthews. “It took me to a place,” she said. “Dried rosemary enveloping the fruit. Lovely rustic tannins with a dry, chalky finish.” I agreed on the tannins and finish, also finding lots of developing, leather complexity, but was less fond of a horse stable overtone, which others didn’t find. The wine needs richly flavoured food, like a casserole.

2018 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo (A$45) abounds with fresh raspberry and blueberry. The fleshy palate has plenty of rich, red fruit and the tannins are even and balanced. “Fine, juicy fruit from the outset,” noted Murphy. “Walnut, cranberry and cherry. The acidity is fine and delivers a nice drive through the palate.”

2017 Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo (A$52) found Matthews enthusiastic. “Great fruit intensity, with raspberry, chocolate, baking spices and menthol,” she said. “Medium body, gentle tannins and good length.” I thought it started a bit closed, but attractive red fruits built in the glass with hints of leather and earth from development. The palate’s stylish, with red cherry, spices and fine, balanced tannins.

2016 La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo (A$54) impressed Paterson. “A wildly complex aroma with dark fruit and hints of beef stock and stewed rhubarb,” she told us. “The palate is vibrant and spicy with cranberry and raspberry.” I thought the nose powerful, with red and dark fruits, and agreed on the savoury, beefy complexity. There’s distinct structure here, with full body and grunting tannins, a serious wine of some depth, needing food.

2016 Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d’Alba (A$90) received all-round support. “Attractive maraschino cherry notes, with aniseed and pot pourri,” said Matthews. “Chalky tannins and refreshing acidity.” I thought this an extraordinary wine, with hints of liquorice, reminding me of young vintage Port, overlying the red fruits and cherry liqueur flavours. These are sweet and juicy and the tannins dry but fine. It’s developing beautifully.

2017 Manzone il Crutin Langhe Nebbiolo (A$45) shows fresh red plum aromas and a little cedar. The flavours combine red fruits, spices and a little oak and there’s plenty of dry, balanced tannins. Bourne loved it. “Exotic perfume of star anise, violets and jasmine with an abundance of crunchy red fruit – raspberry and cranberry,” he wrote. “The palate is graceful and complete with tannins more than present but fully resolved into the wine.”

2017 Marcarini Lasarin Langhe Nebbiolo (A$38) had strong support from Paterson. “The wine has excellent fruit reserve and savoury undertones,” she began. “The palate is well-defined and gently structural with appealing dried cherry . It unravels slowly in the glass, revealing subtle layers and nuances. A lovely wine.” I note raspberry and raspberry leaf and an excellent combination of sweet fruit and savouriness. There’s plenty of drying tannins, but the depth of flavour handles it with ease.

2017 Massimo Rivetti Avene Langhe Nebbiolo (A$43) was very impressive. “Lovely ripe fruit, flowers, perfume and sweet oak spices,” said Curkovic. “Rich, pervasive tannin structure. Excellent length and high complexity.” I, too, loved the developing red plum and spice aromas, the plump palate and even tannin cut.

2016 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo (A$55) has fragrant red fruits – raspberry to the fore – with savoury, roasted chestnut notes. Tannins drive the palate, with plenty of red plum for support. I liked the nice acid and tannin crunch. “sweet baking spices, amaro and orange peel,” noted Murphy. “Savoury edges keep the wine focused and acidity keeps the tannins true.”

2015 Matteo Correggia La Val dei Preti Roero (A$69) saw strong all-round support. “A highly varietal wine with gorgeous aromatics of red cherry and cumquat peel,” noted Paterson. “The palate is beautifully composed with perfectly balanced fruit. It is not too fleshy, nor is it too tart. The harmony sets this wine from the pack. Clean, pure and pristine with snappy red fruit flavours and great length.”

The harmony of  the 2015 Matteo  Correggia La Val  dei Preti Roreo  set it apart.
The harmony of the 2015 Matteo Correggia La Val dei Preti Roreo set it apart.

2017 Mauro Veglio Angelo Langhe Nebbiolo (A$53) gained good all-round support. “Beautifully aromatic,” said Paterson. “The aroma has loosened and wafts high above the glass. Savoury notes and a hint of lemon. Medium bodied and tight with great depth and length. The palate is juicy but there is also a lovely savouriness. Balanced.” I noted beautifully fragrant raspberry. It’s youthful, with red fruit flavours, good balance and dry tannins. There’s good potential here.

2016 Monchiero Langhe Nebbiolo (A$45) starts with an intense perfume of raspberry and sweet and dried herbs. The flavours are highly complex, with sweet and sour cherry and plenty of balanced, dry tannins. “Highly savoury,” wrote Paterson. “Tar and leather accents with a core of cherry jam. Gently warming and full of character.” It’s ready now and will develop further.

2016 Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo (A$55) has a perfumed nose, with red cherry and complexity building with bottle age. There’s plenty of red fruit flavour, but I thought the tannins still very firm. Bourne was enthusiastic. “This is an ethereal nebb,” he began. “Clean bright aromas of juicy fruits – boysenberry and redcurrant – backed by violet-like perfumes. The palate is spanking fresh and vital with intriguing spice to the finish.”

2016 Poderi Colla Nebbiolo d’Alba (A$50) won strong approval from Paterson. “The aroma initially presents with strong savoury notes – a touch of beef consommé and vegemite – though underneath the savoury aromatics is a pristine core of red cherry. The palate is bright and gorgeous. The longer the wine is in the glass the more fragrant and complex it becomes. Love this!”

2018 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Langhe Nebbiolo (A$53) received top points from Bourne. “Abundant perfumes of violet, peony, raspberry and cranberry,” he said. “Spicy palate with lots of meaty and umami flavours. Complete and harmonious. Fine long tannins drive the finish.” The sweet and savoury flavours are mouthfilling and match the generous, dry finish.

2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (A$59) has beautiful raspberry, red cherry aromas, with underlying savouriness. It appears quite stylish in the mouth, yet the flavours are intense, with a balance of the sweet and the savoury. The tannins are fine and accessible. “Delicious, mouth-watering aromas of raspberry jube and red cherry,” said Bourne. “The palate is slippery, subtle and stylish with a fine tannin backbone and a graceful finale. Quite pinot-esque.”

2016 Prunotto Occhetti Langhe Nebbiolo (A$45) won top points from Murphy. “Good intensity, with strawberry, cranberry and menthol notes,” he told us. “An elegant finish. Shows ageability.” I found the nose quite reserved, with light, dried herbal characters, but the wine showed more concentration in the mouth, with plenty of red fruits and balanced sweet tannins. It seems to be developing slowly, retaining fresh fruit as it builds complexity.

2017 Renato Corino Nebbiolo d’Alba (A$43) was excellent and universally supported. There’s great depth of ripe, sweet red plum on the nose with spice and leather overtones beginning to build. The wine’s full flavoured, showing a hint of chocolate, and the tannins are firm yet even. “A classy wine with excellent restraint and harmony,” said Paterson. “The palate is a mix of refined, reserved fruit and subtle savoury notes. There are hints of orange peel and tar. There is a mouth-watering quality to the finish which wills you to take another sip.

2017 Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo (A$55) impressed Curkovic. “A beautiful, modern fruit-forward style,” he wrote. “Rich red fruit – strawberry and cherry. Lovely grippy tannins, fresh acidity and restrained alcohol.” I agreed on the rich, red fruits and tannins, but found horse stable complexity detracted.

2017 Seghesio Langhe Nebbiolo (A$49) was one of Curkovic’s top wines. “Rich, red fruits,” he thought. “Cherry, plum, raspberry, strawberry and sweet baking spices. Florals, too. There’s an almost meaty element to it – a strong wine.” I detected a curious but attractive boiled lolly overtone. There’s a powerful tannin structure and dry tannins on the finish, but the red fruits support them well.

2018 Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo (A$55) has beautifully ripe, sweet fruit with good perfume. Savoury flavours appear over red fruits, with distinct, even bold dry tannins. “A bit lean,” thought Bourne. While Paterson noted “attractive strawberry aromatics plus a touch of raspberry yoghurt. Impressive palate depth and a refined frame of tannins. I enjoy the chalkiness of the tannins.”

2018 Trediberri Langhe Nebbiolo (A$30) also appealed strongly to Paterson. “Dark berry aromatics. Liquid cherry juice with a touch of liquorice,” she found. “A full-fruited mid palate. I enjoy the tautness of the palate, the freshness and the balance.” I noted red plum, too, even Chinese spiced plums. The tannins have a dry cut, but are nicely balanced by the plump mid-palate.

Top Nebbiolos

★★★★★
96 2017 Renato Corino Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, A$43
95 2015 Matteo Correggia La Val dei Preti Roero, Piedmont, Italy, A$69

★★★★
94 2016 Ca’ del Baio Bric del Baio Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$42
94 2016 Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, A$90
93 2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, A$95
93 2016 Ciabot Berton 3 Utin Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$45
93 2018 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$45
93 2017 Manzone il Crutin Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$45  
93 2017 Marcarini Lasarin Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$38  
93 2017 Massimo Rivetti Avene Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$43  
93 2015 Pizzini, King Valley, A$55
93 2016 Prunotto Occhetti Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$45
93 2017 Seghesio Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$49
93 2016 Soumah Single Vineyard, Yarra Valley, A$50  
92 2015 Bird on a Wire, Yarra Valley, A$50
92 2018 Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$64
92 2016 Denton, Yarra Valley, A$48
92 2017 Domenica, Beechworth, A$50
92 2016 Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$55
92 2018 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$53
92 2017 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$59
92 2016 S.C.Pannell, Adelaide Hills, A$60
92 2016 TarraWarra Estate, Yarra Valley, A$40
92 2018 Trediberri Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$30
91 2017 Albino Rocca Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, A$58
91 2017 Bruno Rocca Fralu Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$50
91 2016 Cantina Delsignore La Crotta Coste della Sesia Spanna, Piedmont, Italy, A$45
91 2016 E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$80
91 2018 Elvio Cogno Montegrilli Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$57
91 2017 Mauro Veglio Angelo Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$53
91 2016 Monchiero Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$45
91 2016 SubRosa, Pyrenees, A$45
91 2017 Traviarti, Beechworth, A$65  
90 2016 Conterno Fantino Ginestrino Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$75  
90 2016 Galli Estate Adele, Heathcote, A$38
90 2016 La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$54
90 2015 Lethbridge, Pyrenees, A$50
90 2017 Ravensworth, Hilltops, A$42

★★★
89 2015 Azelia Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$51
89 2017 Fletcher Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, A$45
89 2018 Fletcher The Minion, Victoria, A$36
89 2015 Henschke The Rose Grower, Eden Valley, A$50
89 2015 La Prova Colpevole, Adelaide Hills, A$45
89 2017 Star Lane, Beechworth, A$65  
88 2017 Cordero di Montezemolo Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$45
88 2017 Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$52
88 2016 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$55
88 2016 Poderi Colla Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy, A$50
88 2017 Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$55
88 2016 Rowlee R-Series, Orange, A$40
88 2018 Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy, A$55