Coming from arguably what is Victoria’s best Nebbiolo vineyard, the Malakoff.
Behind the name and styling, Vino Intrepido’s James Scarcebrook gives the insight: “In 2017 it was my great fortune to be put in touch with Robert John, proprietor of Malakoff Estate Vineyard, and I ended up with some of their nebbiolo. As Italy’s most lauded but most demanding variety, I hadn’t intended to work with nebbiolo until I had a few vintages under my belt…Like many Italian varieties, nebbiolo has several synonyms. In northern Piemonte around Novara and Vercelli it is called spanna. With my sangiovese plans for vintage 2017 scuppered, I thought a name for the eventual product of what I released was Spanna in the Works, as I had to rapidly change what I was doing in the winery.”
Vino Intrepido, Spanna In The Works, Nebbiolo, Pyrenees, 2019
Bunches of kitchen herbs, hints of blood orange, woody pencil stalk, tar, rose petals and cherry plum fruit. Smooth and focused with a linear structure studded with tense tannins, lingering roses and cherry with a tarry savouriness that carries it well.
Rating: 18/20 (92/100)
Wine sample courtesy Vino Intrepido