2016 Central Ranges De Novo Rosso
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- Central Ranges
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2018 - 2024
This wine comes from 2 different vineyards. The Barbera and Sangiovese from Mt Canobolas, Orange and the Nebbiolo from Young.
The grapes were fermented in traditional open vats which were hand plunged. The wine was blended after fermentation then matured in older oak barrels for 12 months prior to bottling.
The wine is deep crimson red in colour. This wine has dry cherry and prune aromas. Savoury flavours dominate the palate which is medium bodied and finishes with a firm acidity accompanied by fine soft tannins typical of these varieties.
North & East African curries, Middle Eastern Lentil curries, Italian sausages, pasta, pizza, duck, antipasto platters & cheese.
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- Silver Award
- Australian Italian Varieties Wine Show
- Silver Medal
- NSW Small Winemakers Show
Light crimson-purple; a fresh blend of barbera, nebbiolo and sangiovese, custom built for immediate consumption with its display of sweet berry and spicy, savoury aromas and flavours. Fun style, but worthy of discussion.
Now it’s hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano! Chiantis get me a little excited. Bottles from Piedmont make me giddy. What would an Australian version taste like? This week I tried one of the new breed, an Australian take on an Italian job by David Hook.
David Hook has an impressive CV with stints at Hunter Valley blue bloods Tyrells and Lakes Folly as well as vintages in France and the US. David Hook Wines was established in the Hunter over 20 years ago and is best known for high quality renditions of the Hunter classics: Shiraz and Semillon. He has caught on to the Mambo Italiano trend in Australia with this wine from the Central Ranges of NSW, a zone that incorporates Mudgee, Cowra, Orange and the Hunter. While plantings of red Italian grape varieties in Australia are miniscule the volume is growing. David Hook De Novo Rosso Reserva 2014 ticks all the right boxes: Medium bodied, savoury fruit, dusty tannins and lively acidity all present and correct. Very pleasing and true to style.
Expect Italian varietals to be a much bigger part of the wine scene in Australia in 10 years’ time and David Hook right in the middle of it. Now it’s Hey Mambo, Mambo Australiana!
Fresh, frisky and textural. Good drinking. Sweet berried flavour but then leathery/spicy and dry through the finish. Feels uncluttered, in a good way. Splash of chinotti-like bitter-orange character is a welcome change from the norm.
The aroma is very clean, fresh and pure, with lovely cherry and musk accents. The light to medium-bodied palate shows reserve and balance. Although there are delicious, snappy berry flavours, the wine is not overly fruity. The acidity is bright, and the tannins are soft making it a delightful early drinking red
David’s exploration of Italian varieties has him leaving his home base of the Hunter Valley to seek out fruit in Orange. The Rosso is perhaps the finest of his suite of other varietals, meshing spice, wild forest berry characters, Italianate herbal characters and super crisp acidity through a medium bodied, succulent frame. It’s built for easy drinking but there is quiet complexity here too.
A blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese from the New South Wales Hilltops and Orange regions.
Splashing this in the glass and taking a whiff I immediately picture long tables, plentiful food and friends catching up slurping on big glasses of this blend.
Whilst each of the Mediterranean varieties here can be seen, they all combine well and do the merry dance with ease. Medium bodied, the mid palate is literally humming with excitement. Crunchy acidity and chalky tannins, red fruits aplenty. A great example of what a ‘food wine’ should look like.
Drink now to five years.
(Orange & Hilltops) Deep red/purple colour with herbal and fresh earth aromas, while the palate is lean-ish and pleasantly flavoured, elegantly crafted and cherry-plummy, with a mid-palate core of sweet fruit. Good balance, depth of flavour and pleasing drinkability.