Wine

NEBBIOLO is our sole focus at Virago. We currently have three unique vintages available in our online cellar. The 2013 La Mistura Nebbiolo is a delicate wine, a perfect introduction for first time Nebbiolo drinkers. The 2012 Virago Nebbiolo is a big, bold, fruit driven Australian Nebbiolo. The 2011 Virago Nebbiolo is an aromatic floral wine that illustrates the commonly described semblance between Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir.

2013 – La Mistura Nebbiolo

A vibrant Nebbiolo that imparts a sweep of red cherry, with a rose garden aura, perfectly structured with a finely poised tannic grip. La Mistura is a light-bodied, approachable Nebbiolo, making it a pleasure to drink now, with or without food. ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CELLAR

REVIEWED by Campbell Mattinson WINEFRONT 26th January 2017

“In the words of this Beechworth winery: “La Mistura is Virago’s second label, reserved for those vintages that provide a challenge in the vineyard, as 2013 definitely offered up. We chose the name La Mistura (the mixture), as a result of our original plan to blend this vintage with Shiraz (as in 2010) or Cabernet Sauvignon to give it more fruit intensity and structure, However, after 2.5 years of ageing, La Mistura proved that she could stand on her own!” There’s a tough, sinewy aspect to this wine, not out-of-place in the context of either nebbiolo or the craggy old lands of the Beechworth region. This boot of nebbiolo was made for walking. It tastes of leather and campfire, dark cherry and crushed, decaying roses. You could say that it’s light, because the mid-palate is not heavy, but you could also say that it’s not to be messed with, because the finish feels sturdy and dependable. There’s also a glimpse of orange-rind to the aftertaste; nice work if you can get it. As a four-year-old this nebbiolo shows signs of development, and is excellent drinking now. It may even be on its best-drinking plateau. But you also wouldn’t imagine that it’s going anywhere in a great hurry from here. It’s priced to sell/drink.” Rated : 91 Points

 

2012 – Virago Nebbiolo

Warm summer days and cool nights, revitalizing rain though out the season….the 2012 is a reflection of near perfect growing conditions. The 2012 Virago has a haunting aromatic complexity, with flavours of dark cherry and dried herbs, supported by a fine savoury tannic backbone.  ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CELLAR

REVIEWED by Patrick Eckel  www.winereviewer.com.au 13th February 2017

“A slightly more opulent and fuller wine when compared to the debut 2011 release, but it is in no way missing structure or complexity that the Nebbiolo grape is known for. The nose has undergrowth with dark cherry and decaying rose petal that will continue to evolve over time. The palate is all about structure at this point in it’s development with a web of drying tannins that’s interjected by tangy dark cherry that dries the mouth and prepares you for the next sip, the finish has a touch of kirsch liquor with blackberry and background oak adding dimension and contrast to the wines more savoury notes.” WINE RATING: 93

REVIEWED by Jancis Robinson 26th January 2016

Pale blackish ruby – correct colour for a Nebbiolo! Sweet and fresh on the nose with correct rose petals on the nose – a bit gentler than the average Piemontese Nebbiolo (like the Giaconda version) but very pretty and true to variety. Clean, dry tannins on the finish. Very vigorous and appetising. You could enjoy this already – even, possibly, without food. It has real lightness. 14% Drink 2015-2019   Rating 16.5/20

REVIEWED by Andrew Graham www.ozwinereview.com 24th November 2015

“Now here is a label to watch. From a vineyard planted in 2007 in Beechworth that is tended by ex-tax accountant Karen Coats and orthopaedic surgeon Prue Keith. Wine is made by Rick Kinzbrunner at Giaconda. Karen has almost finished a masters in Wine Science (like me) and this is very much her baby. Red brown with a little brick, there’s a lovely truffle and red earth nose here, the lithe palate elegant and yet with a juicy middle, it’s just a little light on the tannins, but driven by lovely glacé fruit. Just a bit more varietal intensity and this will be a star. Great packaging too.” Drink: 2015-2025. 17.5/20, 91/100. 14%, Cork,  “Would I buy it? I’d share a bottle.”

REVIEWED by Campbell Mattinson WINEFRONT 6th June 2015

“…It’s beautifully structured. It’s tangy and leathery and black-cherried, with sprays of herbs and woody spice notes. It almost tastes “bunchy”. Acidity runs more into orange and tangerine than into lemon. Tannin is rusty, earthen, appropriately firm but well massaged. In all it’s a wine of much promise, and marks the estate as one to follow.” Rated : 92 Points, Alcohol : 14%, Closure : Cork, Drink : 2016 – 2022+

2011 – Virago Nebbiolo

The initial bouquet includes rose petals, sun dried fruits and herbs. A complex vanillin aroma hides in the background. An hour after opening, the bouquet developed into dusty glazed cherries, rose petals and some earthy funk characteristics. An amazing transformation. The palate dances and flitters on the taste buds. It surfs easily over the palate, with supporting tannins and acidity. The 2011 is drinking beautifully right now, and is benefited by an hour or so in a decanter. Can be cellared for at least five more years.

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REVIEWED by Patrick Eckel  www.winereviewer.com.au 13th February 2017

“Impressive packaging, and even more impressive contents. 2011 will go down in folklore as such an incredibly tough vintage, however whether it be variety, site, expert viticulture, winemaking or a little luck this is a great release that is showing all it’s complexities after 5 years in bottle. The wines come from a tiny vineyard that has a little over 2000 vines planted, with the wines then produced by none other than Rick Kinzbrunner. In terms of colour the wine has light to medium red colour with great clarity, the nose abounds with rose petals, crunchy undergrowth and is afforded delicate french oak overtones to finish. An elegant, textural and moreish wine that enjoys the interplay between juicy acidity, touches of baking spice from oak and drying, dark cherry and plum fruit that have a veneer of fine, drying tannins and a considerable, crunchy, dark berry fruited finish.”  WINE RATING: 95

 

We have a limited supply of the 2011, for those yet to try it, or those who want more! ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CELLAR