2015 Coronamento Nebbiolo
Coronamento is an Italian word translating to “fulfilment of ones dreams”. It is the name of the vineyard site that the fruit comes from to make this wine.
Varietal percentage: 100% Nebbiolo Picked: 15 April 2015
Area harvested: 0.5 Ha
Yield: 45 Hl/Ha
Average Brix: 25
An absolute cracking vintage for the King Valley, one of the best in recent times! We had near perfect conditions, with a cool dry summer and warm dry autumn, providing steady warm days and cool nights, which are ideal for ripening grapes. These conditions allow the flavours and aromatics to develop in balance with the sugars as the grapes ripen. During vintage, our local scientist said that these conditions would produce vibrant whites, and reds with great flavour, colour and tannin; already we can see that we have some amazingly good wines to look forward to from 2015, with great drinkability and longevity.
Viticulture & Vinification
The fruit selected for the Coronamento is grown on the highest vineyard site on our King Valley property (350 meters above sea level). The vineyard was planted using a new clone of Nebbiolo named Nebbiolo 230. When selecting the grape bunches for this wine we select the best, based on the general vine health and the cane’s maturity, looking for full cane lignifications; then the individual bunch maturity, making sure it has not been over exposed, and has full colour change; then the fruit. The fruit is tasted focusing on the tannins, ensuring they are ripe and without green edges, the seeds are also looked at to ensure they are fully brown, dry, and taste nutty, without green notes; finally the flavour of the grapes is assessed.
After harvest the grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into small fermentation vats and inoculated with a Barolo yeast which allows maximum varietal characters to come through. The fermentation is allowed to reach 30 degrees Celsius where it is maintained. Fermentation lasts for 4 to five days; the wine is then lightly pressed and transferred to new French oak barrels where it ages for two years.
Fermentation vessel: Oak barrique
Type of oak: Gamba French oak, tight grain 225 litre barrique
Fining agent: light egg white
The wine is rich, brick red with plum coloured reflections. On the nose the wine has the classic new-world Nebbiolo youthful essence of dried rose petals and violets backed with earthy tar aromatics. The nose and palate needs time to open so decanter prior to drinking. Once open for a little while aromas of dried flowers, spiced plums, ripe wild red berries, star anise and cloves lift from the glass. The palate is full of lovely sweet tannins that fill the mouth. There’s plenty of concentrated fruit, with a little aeration, echoes of wild red berries, plums, leather, spices, cloves and tar, with a very intense finish are evident.
Alcohol: 13.8% Alc/Vol
Bottled: August 2017
Released: October 2019