Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2014: Review
A wine like Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2014 gives me faith that Heathcote is not all about over the top shiraz. A result of a Robert Parker review somewhat around the year 2000 the world’s wine collectors went crazy for Heathcote shiraz like Wild Duck Estate’s “Duck Muck”. Most Heathcote shiraz I’ve had is simply too big with their high alcohol levels and nowhere-to-go next flavours. As a result, if you are like me, then we avoid Heathcote. This is a shame because the sangiovese, zinfandel and now nebbiolo wine is really quite good.
This 6-7 year old wine is still available retail for about AUD42. And while this is not cheap, for a 6 year old wine with interesting flavours made from a notoriously fickle grape to grow and make good wine from this is good value. This is because the hard tannins that you’d find in a young nebbiolo have now mellowed giving way to a delightful light bodied wine with a hint of dark cherry on the palate, a long finish, and a taste of something funky, maybe slight fungal or barnyard (though not as much as an aged pinot noir). This makes for an interesting drink.
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