Joseph Nebbiolo 2017, $90
If you could describe a wine as romantic it would be this, for it seduces on so many levels. First there is the dark, brooding colour. Then there are the aromas: rose petals and Turkish delight. And finally, the complexity of flavours: a heady sweet-spice concoction of vanilla and cloves, blackberries, chocolate and a hint of mint. Making this wine is a labour of love for Primo Estate winemaker, Joe Grilli, who handpicks the fruit from a single hectare of dry-grown McLaren Vale vines, crushes it into traditional open-topped fermenters, and rests it for 20 months in French oak before release. We enjoyed it with slow-roasted pork belly but, really, I’d be happy to let this one wrap its arms around me anytime, any place.