First produced in 2002, Joseph's Clarendon sourced nebbiolo has emerged as my favourite interpretation of an Australian Italianette. The inspirational Joe Grilli has already established a consistent nebbiolo style, which is all about perfume, complex character, sensuous texture and firm structure.
A lightly shaded brick red/garnet colour, Joseph's youthfully apparent yet ethereal 2007 Nebbiolo presents a vivid scent of spearmint laid across floral notes of dark cherry, red berries and game with a beautifully composed hint of spicy French cedar/vanilla oak. Surprisingly lush but equally silky and supple, its firming palate reveals a medium-bodied, sour edged expression of earthy red fruit flavours, driving with great penetration towards a long, tight, dry and savoury finish of growing intensity. It's framed by a very assertive, somewhat astringent extract of sandpaper-like tannins, which bond the wine with severe authority.
ü+ Although quite intense and tight fisted, this is still an elegant, complete nebbiolo with enough structure to age superbly. Anyone fortunate enough to possess any of Joseph's 2007 should give it the time and respect it deserves, allowing it to mature into a most majestic, layered and sensual Australian red of rare quality. Drink 2012-2019.