Region: Adelaide Hills
First Glance: Dark Fruited, Earthy, Herbal
Dolcetto from Ashton in the Adelaide Hills. 400m above sea level with a northern exposure. A bit of attention paid to the lower lying areas of the vineyard to open up the canopy and get some more sunlight and airflow in given the cool and wetter year. A touch drier tannin profile as a result. 10 days on skins, then Malo in tanks with multiple movements to keep the wine from getting too deep in the reductive spectrum. Then in neutral oak until mid October prior to early November bottling.
Very dark cherry and plum centric nose, hints of forest floor, roasted nuts, fennel tops, chocolate cake batter and liquorice in the background. Classic Dolcetto softness, fullness and again with the plums and cherries up front, with tails out to drying dusty, softly spiced tannins leading out to a lingering cherry pip feel/acidity. Cold cuts or full plate friendly - a light-ish framed wine with some depth and tannin.