Pizzini King Valley Nebbiolo 2010
I’ve been looking at a small bracket of Australian Nebbiolo this week, pouring a little daily sip of three different wines to watch them evolve. Fun.
Happily, each of the wines have shown up to be not only varietal but charismatic too, all offering slightly different takes on what is a hard variety to get right.
Great to see.
This Pizzini is perhaps the most ‘Australian’ of the lot, with a little more red fruit than the other wines in the trio. It works too, giving more generosity and amiability to the gruff ferrous grip of what is a challenging grape.
It smells of meat cooked over an open fire and stewed plums, the palate quite sweet fruited with a late palate warmth and ‘medium’ tannins. Over the week it became more secondary, more fine and, ultimately, more satisfying.
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Overall, this is impressive wine. I liked it (particularly as the week went on), and dip my lid to Pizzini for getting it right.
Details: 13.8%, Diam, $48
Source: Sample, tasted Feb ’15
Best drinking: 2015-2025+
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? I would. Easily betters most Langhe Neb and would be delicious with a meaty ragu Piedmonte style.
Buy online: Pizzini website
Nice work on the Aussie Nebs. I'm having a crack at a few too at the moment. Loving the wines from Fletcher, and have a 2010 Luke Lambert lined up, which I am hoping is as good as its reputation. How good to see this variety develop over the last few years in Australia…I really hope this develops as Pinot has over the past decade…