Liquid Rock ‘n’ Roll, Nebbiolo, Heathcote, VIC – 2019
Nebbiolo, one of Italy’s top red varietals hailing from Northern Italy’s Piedmont region, is known for producing powerful, full-bodied, and mercilessly tannic wines. Most famously, it’s the grape that goes into Barolo and Barbaresco, two of the world’s most revered (and more expensive) wines. This is why this expression of the grape from Liquid Rock ‘n’ Roll in Heathcote makes the list, not only does it showcase the typical characteristics of the varietal but it does so in an easy drinking stylistically accurate fashion with a price which doesn’t require a special occasion to open a bottle. Nebbiolo is typically a fussy variety to grow, it flowers early, ripens late and struggles to ripen fully, meaning any winemaker who can produce the varietal well is highly revered.