Steve has always been an avid lover of Nebbiolo. He spent time in the motherland, working and learning alongside Giuseppe Vajra, whose family has been farming Bricco delle Viole, the highest cru in Barolo, since the 1600s. Back in Australia, Steve started making two Nebbiolos, one under S.C. Pannell and one under Protero. Fast forward a few years, and he decided to consolidate his Nebbiolo offerings into one from just Protero. Previous vintages of the Protero Nebbiolo aged on the skins for 100 days; the 2021 vintage is more like the old S.C. Pannell version, seeing just 23 days of skin contact. The result is a well-perfumed, age-worthy beauty.
Clones Mudgee and 230 (both piè franco) were hand harvested from Block 2 of the Protero Vineyard in Gumeracha. After crushing, 75% of the grapes were sent to stainless steel and the remainder to old oak. Spontaneous fermentation was carried out, and the wines were all transferred to old puncheons for malolactic fermentation. In total, the wines saw 23 days of skin contact before a gentle pressing. They were then blended and settled in tank for about two weeks before extended maturation in puncheons, followed by six months in a large oak vat. The wine was bottled unfined, and with a gentle Y cross flow filtration and sulfur addition.