Wine Review

Symphony Hill Reserve Nebbiolo 2016 (Granite Belt, QLD)

Symphony Hill Wines Reserve Nebbiolo 2016
Symphony Hill Wines Reserve Nebbiolo 2016

Symphony Hill Reserve Nebbiolo 2016: Review

Although I can think of few reasons why I ought not to like this wine, the real story is that I loved it. So, why the preconceptions about Symphony Hill Reserve Nebbiolo 2016? Well, I guess I brought a lot of mental baggage to this one: the winery is from Queensland (through the grapes from New England) and so not from a more a more traditional cooler climate wine region in Victoria, the grape nebbiolo is very fickle. And the things I like about nebbiolo – it’s usual light bodied delicacy and rose petal nose – had little chance of being here. I generally dislike light bodied grapes being turned into a powerful wine nearer shiraz in style. That’s a lot of baggage.

This is indeed big wine with big flavour. As a result it is not the gentle light bodied nebbiolo so often found. But it works. Maybe because of the great fruit it delivers flavours of black cherry, liquorice and a bit of tar. At times I got some herbs on the nose too. The wine is seamless. Powerful with no hard edges, and a good finish. Very enjoyable stuff…at a price, AUD 65.

14.6% alcohol by volume. Vegan friendly.

If you like this you might also like….

Lethbridge Primarone. Staying the theme of big wines with perfect fruit. Lethbridge’s wine inspired by Italy’s Amarone

Symphony Hill Reserve Saperavi 2018: Intense dark fruits from this Georgian grape variety, made by the same Symphony Hill team.

Topper’s Mountain Bricolage More grapes New England, again good fruit and well integrated flavours.

Lethbridge Birthday Present Nebbiolo. Great winemaking from a cool climate region

Vinea Marson Nebbiolo. A gentler expression of nebbiolo than can be bought retail with the good bottle age

Watson Family Wines Nebbiolo: Affordable nebbiolo sold with age already on the bottle. From Margaret River.

Food Matching | Food Pairing

It’s a big red. Go for a semi-hard cheese or even a cheddar. See my cheese and wine pairing guide for more options.

Where to Buy

Try Wine Searcher. Or order direct from Symphony Hill winery. I bought mine from Melbourne’s Northside Wines.


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