La Signora is a nebbiolo based wine produced from our Langhorne Creek vineyard. It is elegant and enchanting with a beguiling perfume and silky texture that sits on a bed of beautifully fine savoury tannins. Now released four and a half years after harvest, its purity, balance and structure make it a perfect accompaniment to good food, and enables it to reward long term cellaring.
- SA - Langhorne Creek
- South Australia
“Medium-bodied interplay sweeter French and savoury Italian fruit that is juicy yet tart, berry fruited and savoury.”5 stars - Robert Geddes MW, Australian Wine Vintages 2010.
"Elegant, medium-bodied wine with spicy/savoury elements driving the blend of Nebbiolo (85%)/Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Malbec; the seemingly small components other than nebbiolo in fact build the mouthfeel. One of the best nebbiolos (it could have been labelled as such) on the market." Rating 93 Drink to 2015 James Halliday Wine Companion 2010
"Seductive..comprising 85% nebbiolo - a black grape from NW Italy - it is complemented by 9% cabernet sauvignon, 5% shiraz and 1% malbec. Sexy and satisfying" Ross Noble, Adelaide Hills Courier Jan 2010
Winery Tasting Notes
85% nebbiolo, 9% cabernet sauvignon, 5% shiraz, 1% malbec
The resultant wine has a medium-deep red colour.
A bouquet of liquorice, black cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate, earth, nuts and spices.
The palate is rich in flavour, medium bodied with long, fine and full savoury tannins.
Good winter, spring and summer rainfall in 2005 resulted in a much lower amount of vine stress than they had been used to in the previous 3 years. The vines, as a result, ripened the small crop with ease. This was aided by warm and dry conditions leading up to harvest which took place between 3 March and 4 April 2005. All four varieties showed excellent flavour and tannin development.
One significant difference in the 2005 La Signora blend is the increase in the nebbiolo component from approximately 50% between 2002-2004 to 85%. This is mainly due to the fact the nebbiolo vines seem to be entering their next phase of quality (now 7 years old) and in turn producing extra depth of flavour and extract. The old vine components of the blend, as they have in the past, providing some added complexity and structure.