The 2018 Protero Gumeracha Nebbiolo is the latest wine release from Aussie genius Stephen Pannell, who’s love for Nebbiolo has seen him perform multiple vintages with Piedmontese icon GD Vajra. Stephen purchased this fabled Adelaide Hills vineyard in late December 2019, the main source of his top grade SC Pannell Nebbiolo fruit since 2005.
“There really aren’t many places outside Piedmont where Nebbiolo has translocated well. This vineyard is one of those places and I am confident in stating that it may well be the ideal red grape variety for the region.” Steve Pannell
Renato Corino and his family's famed Barolo Estate, hails from the the commune of La Morra where some of the highest peaks in the region produce very fine, elegant and perfumed Barolo's. Renato is driven by passion and enthusiasm, along with his son Stefano, an upcoming star in Barolo.
The vineyards stand in the prized La Morra crus of Rocche dell’Annunziata, Arborina and Pozzo. Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata is a wine whose magical elegance and finesse are unrivalled in the whole appellation and brand the cru as the “Musigny” of Barolo. Arborina will no doubt remain the classic it has always been. Renato Corino also makes a Barolo Riserva, mainly from the older vines of the Rocche vineyard, a Barolo del Comune di La Morra, a Dolcetto and a Nebbiolo d’Alba. The single vineyard Barbera Vigna Pozzo joins the half dozen world class wines produced by this varietal. Renato Corino is neighbours with cult Barolo figure Elio Altare and is cousins with the iconic Luciano Sandrone, both of whom are his mentors.
“Cavallotto may very well be the greatest Barolo producer few people have ever heard of, something that continues to mystify me. Truth is, it isn’t just the Barolos here that are impressive, the entry-level wines are every bit as delicious and well-priced…Readers who appreciate a firm, classic style of Barolo will want to spend some time getting to know Cavallotto.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
As Antonio Galloni alludes to in the quote above, the wines of this impeccable Estate have flown under the radar for too long. Perhaps it's because the family members are so introverted? Or that they don't court critical acclaim for their wines? Whatever the reason, you can take it from us (and countless others who know the wines); Cavallotto's relative anonymity on the international stage is in diametric opposition to the remarkable quality of the wines. The Cavallotto's incredible vineyard holdings married with their perfectionist viticulture, low yields and benignly precise vinification begets some of the DOCG's most intense and pure Baroli.