Grove Estate Hilltops Sommita Nebbiolo 2016
Grove Estate holds interests in and manages several Hilltops vineyards totalling around 100 hectares. Grove Estate itself (49-hectares) sells fruit to leading Australian wineries, including components for Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz. Grove trust their Nebbiolo grapes (a Piedmontese red variety) to one of Canberra’s most accomplished winemakers, Bryan Martin. In a recent tasting of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages, the 2016 appealed for its beautiful floral aroma, a hallmark of this variety. Although the colour is comparatively light (another trait of Nebbiolo), the palate is strong and rich with typically muscular, savoury tannins.