Forza Nebbiolo 2012
Renowned for its ageing capacity, Nebbiolo is one of the superstars of Italian wine. Transport it to Australia’s Adelaide Hills and you ratchet the volume up a notch or two. First Drop’s Forza is one to bury at the bottom of the wine rack as it’s only going to improve with age.
Matt and John – the lads behind First Drop – source the grapes from a vineyard near Kersbrook owned by their mate Caj. The wine spent 20 months mellowing in French oak, but it’s still a lively affair. It’s hard to describe; think biker’s Christmas (leather, orange, engine oil, dried fruit and clove-y spices) and a gun fight in a sweetshop (cordite, cherry drops, cola bottles and parma violets). When you eventually open it, serve with truffles, steak, wild mushrooms and slow-cooked stews.
Set up by Essex boy Matt Gant and South Australian John Retsas, First Drop is part winery and part frivolous merrymaking in a ginormous warehouse abandoned by Penfolds. This duo crafts grapes grown by their friends into fun-loving and easy-going wines with remarkable distinction and texture. They also do this without using animal products in the fining process, making the entire range vegan-friendly.£3.47 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3075539
Style No.: 757710
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