Casa Freschi Ragazzi Nebbiolo 2015, Langhorne Creek

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Casa Freschi Ragazzi Nebbiolo 2015, Langhorne Creek
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If there’s one place outside Italy that’s capable of making world-class Nebbiolo wines, it’s Australia. Thanks to Italian immigrants wishing to recreate the wines they drank back home, Australian Nebbiolo wine is a real treat for fans of this, one of Italy's best red grape varieties.

Casa Freschi's Nebbiolo is artisan winemaking at its peak. This is a wine made not for any business reasons, but out of massive respect for the land it's grown on and with a determination to make the very best wine possible.

Grapes grown without any artificial chemicals, hand pruned and handpicked, one sip of this top Australian Nebbiolo will make you think you're tasting a great Barolo wine. Cherry, liquorice, mint, rose - all the hallmarks are there, with a delicious sappiness too. Astounding Australian red wine.

It mightn't be the obvious place you'd search for a stunning Nebbiolo wine, but you'll be amazed by this bottle. Could Langhorne Creek be the 'Piedmont of the south'? On this evidence, it's in the running. If you’re not yet a ‘Nebb-head’ (someone who’s obsessed with Nebbiolo), this could well convert you
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Percentage Alcohol

13.5

Region

Langhorne Creek

Grape Variety

Nebbiolo

Country

Australia

Style

ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2015

Food Match

ArrayBeef, Lamb, Mediterranean

Vegan

Vegan

£22.49
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The Producer

David Freschi studied oenology (the science of winemaking) at Roseworthy, the alma mater for so many top Australian winemakers. Upon graduation, he worked in Australia, California, Italy, and New Zealand, heading up Corbans for some time. His parents had emigrated to Australia from Italy's Veneto and had made small quantities of wine at their farm in Langhorne Creek. His father's death in 1997 prompted David and his wife to give up the corporate wine life and return home to continue his legacy.

So, in 1998 Casa Freschi was born, and today focuses on two special pieces of land. Langhorne Creek for the red wines, and Adelaide Hills for the white wines.

Winemaking

Winemaking for the Casa Freschi Ragazzi Nebbiolo is the epitome of boutique winemaking. 21 separate plantings of Nebbiolo are hand-picked into small 8kg crates, destemmed, before being crushed by foot, and all fermented separately using wild yeasts in open top fermenters.

Plunging by hand, to extract colour and flavour, goes on for two to three weeks before being pressed and transferred to French oak barriques for 10 months. It's racked (removing the 'bits') just by gravity, there's nothing added except a tiny amount of sulphur dioxide to set the wine up for a long life.

Wherever it's grown, Nebbiolo demands much of the winemaker. Here you have one of Australia's best Nebbiolo wines.

The Region

Langhorne Creek may be one of Australia's oldest wine regions, but it's also one of its best-kept secrets. The first vines were planted here back in 1850 by Frank Potts, and today it boasts the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world still making wine.

It's significantly cooler than the Barossa or McLaren Vale, thanks to what the locals call the 'Lake Doctor'. That's the cool breeze that comes off Lake Alexandrina, a large body of fresh water three times the size of Sydney Harbour. This helps to moderate the hot summer conditions and also protects from winter frosts.

Whilst Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Malbec are the big hitters in Langhorne Creek, alternative Australian wine varieties like Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Lagrein, Verdelho, Fiano, and Vermentino all thrive here.

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Roast Lamb With Herb Butter

Lamb is a classic match for fruit-forward wines with balanced structure and cedary notes. Nebbiolo is a classically Italian grape that Casa Freschi have taken and created this beautiful red to pair wonderfully with rich roast lamb.
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Blackened Steak With Red Wine Jus

A simple rump steak calls for a quality red to square up to the dense structure of the meat. Head to fruit-driven, structured reds with some oak ageing to give a touch of spice. A Nebbiolo from Langhorne Creek is a fine food match.
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Mediterranean Wild Mushroom And Lentil Salad

An easy to prepare mid-week supper on its own or as a side dish with meat, this warm salad has plenty of gutsy flavours which need a supple, silky red with soft tannins. Adding blue cheese add another level, the salty tang and earthy lentils will bring out the bright fruit and tannins from this Australian Nebbiolo.
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