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Great Western Dolcetto

The home of Dolcetto was originally Piedmont in North-West Italy. Dolcetto, ‘the little sweet one’, is an early-ripening variety that produces light to medium-bodied red wines. We’ve seen a resurgence in the popularity of Italian varieties in Australia of late, but it’s not necessarily a new trend.

Henry Best, always ahead of his time, planted the original Dolcetto vines at the end of the 1800s. It has long been a topic of conversation as to why Henry chose to plant about 25 per cent of the entire vineyard with what is, even today, a lesser known variety.  We are resigned to the fact that this is one of Henry’s eternal secrets..

All of our Dolcetto plantings have come from cuttings off these original vines and produce some amazing small parcels in favourable years - hence the limited availability. 2013 was a good vintage for Dolcetto due to the warm autumn so we were able to fully ripen it, before it got too cold. The fruit was mostly hand harvested on 13th March 2013. It was gently de-stemmed and fermented warm to hot with some hand plunging in open fermenters. Then it was basket pressed and matured in old American oak puncheons for 6 months, followed by a few weeks in stainless steel before bottling in October 2013.


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