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  • Only 300 bottles made.
  • Juicy, glorious tannins smashed beautifully with the fruit.
  • Excellent, serious wine.

Tasting Notes

Colour Mid Red
Nose Smells like the strawberry cream chocolate out of a Roses chocolate box, though there’s whiffs of pot pourri, sweet young leather, briar and anise too.
Palate Very fresh and fruity on the palate with slight herbaceous notes, followed by a nice smokey and dried meat flavour.
Food Pairing Thane Prince's gluten-free beef cobbler
Cellaring Drink Now
Notes This is a bright, lively Nebbiolo with structure and drinkability in equal portion.
Variety Nebbiolo
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type None
Vintage 2015
Region New England
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Diam
Jilly Wines
Jilly Wines is a small batch winemaking company based in Clunes NSW. With each vintage comes the culmination of a creative journey, and marks a time and a place of creativity and inspiration that can never be reproduced in the same way. Jilly Wines are seeking out some interesting varietals to take the wines of New England to the world. Their Nebbiolo comes from the Topper’s Mountain vineyard, managed by gun viticulturalist Mark Kirkby. As for the fruit, each vintage is crafted with care, wild fermented and spent 5 months on skins slowly macerating and softening before being hand pressed through a basket press.

Winemaker Jared Dixon is a lone ranger on his own mission in the New England wine region. His wines are made from interesting varieties grown on unique vineyards, sites he classes as ‘undiscovered gems.’ His winemaking is extremely hands off, allowing the full expression of the fruit to be the focus of every wine. The wines are fun and have a distinct energy about them. One of Northern NSW most exciting and impassioned wine prospects, no doubt about it.
New England
The wine region of New England is located in the north of New South Wales. The mid-sized wine region makes up about one half of the Northern Slopes zone and borders Queensland and the northern regions of the Hunter Valley.

The temperatures between night and day vary greatly which is what makes it different to the neighboring regions. The vineyards of this wine region are located between 400-1000m above sea level which protects the vines from excessive heat. Grapes were planted since the 1880s by the colonial settlers making New England not only the highest but also the oldest vineyards in the state. The New England wine region is known mostly for their refined and elegant cool climate Shiraz and Chardonnay wines, although exciting new producers are venturing in to aromatic whites and other blends too.
Mike Bennie
There were only 300 bottles of this wine made, so that’s going to pose an issue tracking it down, but well worth it. Young winemaker, Jared Dixon, creating a super range of wines from New England. Plucky for a region that really doesn’t try very hard at getting itself out there (notably, Topper’s Mountain from New England has excelled in a similar fashion/inspired Jilly Wines perhaps). It’s a lighter shade of nebbiolo, borderline rose in a way, but plenty of the nebbiolo skeleton there, no doubt. I loved it. Needed two to three hours open to get it in the zone.

Pale garnet-bronze colour. Smells like the strawberry cream chocolate out of a Roses chocolate box, though there’s whiffs of pot pourri, sweet young leather, briar and anise too. Soft, chalky tannins build to a pucker, indeed a lace work of tannin spreading through the wine is a highlight. It tastes savoury, just a shy lick of sweet dried red berry fruitiness dusted with earthy spice. It has some grunt, but in the most impossibly light, pure, fresh-feeling guise. It’s shy and beautiful. Reminds me a bit of some of Olek Bondonio’s wines from Piedmont. And it opened and opened and opened. Wonderful.


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