Top 12 non-Italian Nebbiolos

3. Luke Lambert Nebbiolo, Yarra Valley

Lambert_NebbioloLambert worked on three vintages in Italy, including stints with Barolo’s Giacomo Brezza and Cordero di Montezemolo, before embarking on his own Yarra Valley project on a shoestring.

Speaking to db in 2014, Lambert said: “If I made wine like I learned at wine school I wouldn’t be making wines like I do today. To see how they made Italian wines was wild. You go to a winery in Italy and it’s a pig sty, very rudimentary and agricultural; there’s a complete avoidance of temperature control or inoculation.”

The winemaker said that, although finding the right clone was challenging, he was optimistic and excited about the potential of Nebbiolo from Yarra.

“If I look forward 10 or 20 years it could be something seriously exciting from Yarra Valley. Does it have the drive and length of a great Barolo? No, but it has the perfume,” he said.

His results so far have garnered high praise form critics – Jamie Goode went as far as to call his neb a “new Australian classic”. US importer Vine Street Imports called it a “game-changer”.

Fermented with wild yeast and held on skins for 30 days before pressing, Luke Lambert’s Yarra Valley Nebbiolo is matured in 30-year-old, large-format oak barrels and bottled without fining or 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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