Top 12 non-Italian Nebbiolos

9. Ravensworth ‘Hilltops’ Nebbiolo, Canberra, Australia

In 2004 Bryan Martin, who runs Ravensworth in Murrumbateman with his partner, Jocelyn, and brother, David, became the right-hand man of Tim Kirk at neighbouring Clonakilla. Martin makes his wine at the Clonakilla winery.

All the grapes for Ravensworth’s Hilltops Nebbiolo come from one of the vineyards of Brian Mullany – viticulturist for Grove Estate, a joint venture of Mullany, Kirk and Martin – in Young, half an hour north of Canberra.

Martin describes his Nebbiolo as “a work in progress”, but says it is “a lot of fun to have access to a terrific variety like this”.

This deep and complex wine is made with minimal intervention, long maceration of skins, using only seasoned oak with no additions other than a small amount of sulphur dioxide at bottling. There is no filtration.


3 Responses to “Top 12 non-Italian Nebbiolos”

  1. Can’t believe you missed L.A Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo from Baja California, Mexico. One of the first new world nebbiolos and in our view one of the best. Authentic and delicious.

  2. Leonardo Ricardez says:

    Agree with the LA Cetto comment. Additionaly it is very affordable, and has a big following in Mexico.

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