Nebbiolo might make some of the world’s great red wines when grown in its native Piedmont in the north west of Italy but does it travel? In the South African context, it is probably most closely associated with Constantia property Steenberg, which has just released its 2010 vintage. I tasted this next to the 2009:
Steenberg Nebbiolo 2010: 15.5/20
Malolactic fermentation in new oak, maturation in second- and third-fill for 15 months. Red and black cherries and toasty oak on the nose and palate. Good fruit concentration, bright acidity and firm, slightly angular tannins. Very youthful and lacking a little integration between fruit and oak. Drink 2013 – 2015.
Steenberg Nebbiolo 2009: 16/20
Malolactic fermentation in new oak, maturation in second- and third-fill for 12 months. Red cherry and subtle oak notes on the nose and palate. Medium bodied in structure, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Elegant and balanced. Drink now – 2015.