Winemaker (and one time wine professor) Brian Freeman talks to compere Jillian Upton of The Wine Show Australia about Italian grape varieties, their attractions and impact in the NSW Hilltops Region…


Gourmet Traveller Wine RED EDITION – WINES TO CELLAR nominates FREEMAN Nebbiolo 2014 as one wine that deserves cellar care…

Wine  reviewer Jeremy Oliver sipped and said,

‘One of the finer expressions of this variety in Australia, this well-constructed nebbiolo flaunts its restrained power and strength. A faintly herbal bouquet laced with fresh and preserved plums and cherries, nuances of dried herbs, red flowers and Puer tea reveals a whiff of cedary oak.

Fullish to medium in weight with a powerful core of pristine fruit wanting to explode, it’s framed by a firmish, bony spine and drives long down the palate towards a finish of freshness and balance.’

‘Nebbiolo can be all the way from light to full-bodied, this deeply coloured wine is unequivocally full-bodied, made in the old Piedmont style even though only eight months in oak. It’s not rough or raw, the tannins ‘liberal’ (says Freeman), but not dry. Just get a large (1kg) flame-grilled bistecca and the world will be your oyster.’

  • 92+ POINTS, Campbell Mattinson, WINEFRONT
  • 91 POINTS, Huon Hooke, HUONHOOKE.COM