Barolo, Coal River

One of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions often referred to as “the Burgundy of Italy”. The now DOCG status region is renowned for producing some of Italy's finest red wines from 100% Nebbiolo.

The appellation of Barolo is located in the south of the state of Piedmont in the very north-west of Italy. The town of Barolo for which the region is named is located in the Monferrato foothills, which are a set of picturesque rolling hillsides and bordered to the north and west by the Tanaro River. The whole region sits about half-way between the major port of north-west Italy, Genoa to the south-east, and capital city Turin to the north-west. The heart of the Barolo vineyard zone, established in 1896, covers the parishes of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba and Barolo itself, and is supplemented by parts of the townships of Novello, Verduno and Grinzane Cavour, added in 1934 to the official regional classification, and then by Diano d’Alba, Cherasco and Roddi added in 1966.

The wines made are typically fragrant and tannic with a depth of flavour and finesse like no other earning them the coveted title of ‘the King of Wines’ for centuries. Winemaking practices vary within the defined methods that the DOCG allows but there is a distinct modern and traditional divide in preferred styles.

The region has two major soil types - a sandy Tortonian marl producing a softer wine and a Helvetian sandstone clay that is known for a more robust style. The continental climate, with a long summer and late autumn enables the fickle grape to reach the perfect ripeness to create these stunning wines.

Records show that Nebbiolo has been grown in Piedmont since at least the 13th century, though despite this long history and the high quality of the wines it can produce, it is not grown in many other wine regions. For the grape grower and winemaker, making great wine out of Nebbiolo is a balancing act; it naturally possesses an incredibly high amount of acidity, and the thick skins transfer a huge amount of thick, chalky tannins into the wine. Balancing these two elements, as well as enticing out the enchanting ‘tar and roses’ notes from the grapes is the key to good Nebbiolo.
The Coal River Valley wine region lies in the south of Tasmania, an easy 15 minutes drive outside of Hobart. It's the apple isle's fastest growing wine region, with almost a fifth of all Tasmanian wines grown there. The region is known for producing superior wines grown over some of the most fertile soil around.

The elements of rainfall, sunshine hours, number of rain days, temperature and overall humidity coalesce and culminate in cool climate conditions ideally suited to growing particular varietals. Predominantly in the reds, the region, as with much of Tasmania has an affinity for making top Pinot Noir however Cabernet, Merlot and some superb Shiraz have been known to emerge from the Coal River Valley too. In the whites, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc lead the charge with lesser amounts of Gewürztraminer grown there too. The dense, Pinot Noirs produced in the Coal River Valley region typically have more weight than their New Zealand counterparts with distinct savory notes not unlike the great red Burgundies. They've enamored many a visitor and will continue to do so as premium winemakers flock to the region.
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  1. Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc 2017
    This Tasmanian delight is a tropical cocktail of flavours. An oaky style, it has sweet aromas of melon, pineapple and lifted herbs followed by candied lemon flavours. It’s well balanced, nutty and light with fantastic acidity and length. Try ... Learn More
  2. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2020
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
  3. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2018
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
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  4. The Other Wine Co. Tasmania Pinot Noir 2019
    Vintage circumstances in 2019 presented the crew behind The Other Wine Co. the unmissable opportunity to produce a Pinot Noir, made from declassified fruit off the excellent Tolpuddle Vineyard. Vinified at Shaw + Smith, with all the usual care and attention to ... Learn More
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  5. Pooley Pinot Noir 2020
    Fruit sourced from Butcher’s Hill, Cooinda Vale and select vineyards from the Coal River Valley. Perfumed notes of dark cherry, kirsch, forest fruits, and confected strawberry on the nose. On the palate, red fruits carry through with further notes ... Learn More
    Pooley Pinot Noir 2020
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  6. Catena Chardonnay 2018
    The Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of these vineyards offer honey and tropical fruit flavors while lending notes of citrus, ... Learn More
    Catena Chardonnay 2018
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  7. Pipers Brook Tasmanian Vintage Brut 2017
    Produced from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes sourced from high density vineyard blocks of significant vine age up to 40 years. ... Learn More
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  8. Gd Vajra Barbera Freisa 2018
    The wine is inspired by a rare, old curio produced by Carlo - Carlin - Vaira, Aldo’s grandfather, from a vineyard planted with a majority of Barbera and a row of Freisa. It served family and friends with enough ... Learn More
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  9. Gd Vajra Barbera D'Alba 2018
    Totally opaque black dark red core with a bright deep purple red hue. A fragrant nose of ripe, freshly crushed berries combines with hints of violets, subtle liquorice, inky earth and spice scents. Juicy and vibrant the palate is filled ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  10. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017 375ml
    The grapes are selected from very important small vineyards in the Barolo region. The 2017 Barolo Castiglione is a wild, exotic wine. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, cinnamon, tobacco, new leather and rose petal all flesh out in this ample, voluptuous Barolo ... Learn More
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    Vinous
  11. Linnaea Vineyards 'Trifulau' Docg Barolo 2013
    Linnaea Vineyards is not your typical wine producer. Born of the intense passion of Michelle Edwards and Daniel Fischl. Daniel is an Australian born winemaker of the highest acclaim, while Michelle is a Californian Agricultural Scientist of international accolade. These ... Learn More
  12. Rosemount Mountain Blue Cabernet Shiraz 1996
    Medium to full red-purple; the cascading fruit of the bouquet runs through blackberry, blackcurrant, chocolate and a touch of prune; here, as on the palate, the mix of new French and American oak has been skilfully balanced and integrated. The ... Learn More
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  13. Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    The 2017 Tolpuddle Chardonnay has been the recipient of multiple awards since its release - including White Wine of Show at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show. This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay style: fine and precise with firm ... Learn More
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    Jeremy Oliver
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    James Halliday
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  14. Pooley Margaret Pooley Tribute Riesling 2020
    Delicate, but prominent aromas of lemon sorbet, freshly scratched lime zest and peach blossom. The persistent and Moorish acidity begins before the first sip, pleasantly complimented with elegant citrus and white peach character. The generous mouth filling texture is rewarded ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  15. Giant Steps fatal shore Pinot Noir 2020
    "In our obsession with Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from great Pinot growing areas around the world, we have gone as far south (and as cold) as you can go in this country. Despite the cool temperatures, the sunlight hours are ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  16. Domaine Simha 'Rani' Riesling 2020
    Domaine Simha was founded at the edge of the world by Nav Singh and Louise Radman. An avant-garde approach shapes living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. A pristine riesling of glacial purity and powerful terroir, promising great longevity. ... Learn More
  17. Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay style: fine and precise with firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture and intensity of flavor. The 2019 vintage has succulence and power, with great purity, aromas of white flowers, ... Learn More
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  18. Ascheri Barolo 2015
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
    Ascheri Barolo 2015
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  19. Principiano Ferdinando Barolo Serralunga 2012
    Classic floral rose petal aromas alongside ripe red fruit and spices. The palate is warm and displays ripe fruit. Richly tannic but with enough softness to be drunk young. Great Nebbiolo. Fantastic value Barolo from a quality focused natural wine ... Learn More
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  20. Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
    Good soil moisture from July and August rains meant the season started well. Cool and windy weather during flowering resulted in small bunch sizes, giving low crops with increased concentration and intensity. February saw even ripening and a rainfall event ... Learn More
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    Angus Hughson
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  21. Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020
    Tolpuddle Vineyard is an outstanding site within the Coal River Valley region, planted in 1988 solely to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes were all hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters, with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  22. Oddero Barolo Classico 2015
    The wines coming from the different vineyards are aged separately in 40, 60 and 75 –hectolitre Slavonian and Austrian oak barrels for 30 months. The wines are blended in the spring, then bottled at the end of the summer and aged in the bottle ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  23. Pipers Brook 'New Certan' Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2018
    The New Certan Pinot Noir is careful selection of only the best parcels across our Mount Pleasant Vineyard in Launceston. Mount Pleasant grows an ethereal Pinot noir of elegant intensity. A warm and dry vintage, with cold nights and bright ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  24. Pipers Brook 'New Certan' Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2017
    The New Certan Pinot Noir is careful selection of only the best parcels across our Mount Pleasant Vineyard in Launceston. Mount Pleasant grows an ethereal Pinot noir of elegant intensity. A warm and dry vintage, with cold nights and bright ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  25. Pietro Rinaldi Barolo Docg 2016
    The gorgeous, hilly vineyards are located in Verduno, in the very north-east of Italy. These steep slopes are highly suited to the production of Nebbiolo grapes. These beautiful, picturesque vineyards are south-west facing at an altitude of 300 meters above sea ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  26. Giovanni Rosso Barolo Del Comune Di Serralunga 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
  27. Gd Vajra Barolo ‘Albe’ 2014
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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  28. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2015
    The grapes are selected from small vineyards spread in the Barolo region. The vines are between 8 and 41 years old, planted in a clay-limestone soil. Plants are trained with guyot method, with an average density of roughly 4500 units per hectare. All ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Antonio Galloni
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  29. Gd Vajra ‘Albe’ Barolo 2018
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  30. Gd Vajra ‘Albe’ Barolo 2017
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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  31. Gd Vajra Barolo ‘Albe’ 2016
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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    Gary Walsh
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  32. Massolino Barolo 2017
    Diam. First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino’s classic cuvée is selected from seven sites across roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The most important of these sites—Briccolina, Collareto, Broglio and Le Turne—are dotted around ... Learn More
    Massolino Barolo 2017
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  33. Cascina Fontana Barolo 2013
    "A blend of Castiglione Falletto and some La Morra this year. I just love 2013: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I bought three of this, and three of the new Comune di Castiglione Falletto. In terms of style, ... Learn More
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  34. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016
    "Vietti's 2016 Barolos are stratospheric." - Antonio Galloni The 2016 Barolo Castiglione is a dazzling wine that will show readers just how compelling this vintage is, even among entry-level wines from top producers. Rich, ample and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous richness and ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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  35. Monchiero Rocche Di Castiglione Barolo 2016
    Wonderful perfume of dried rose and spice, some dried herb too, ripe raspberry and cherry, silky and slate-y tannin, full ripeness but controlled and tethered. It sits somewhere around medium-bodied, feels svelte and refined, and goes long. Classic Rocche, and ... Learn More
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  36. Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir style: intensely aromatic, medium bodied with savoury spice notes, along with purity of varietal expression, fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Tolpuddle Vineyard is an outstanding site within the Coal River ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  37. Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2016
    All about finesse, this ethereally elegant red opens with scents of rose, crushed mint, red berry and hints of new leather. The polished, precise palate features strawberry compote, spiced cranberry, star anise and a dash of white pepper. It's well ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  38. Fontanafredda 'La Rosa' Single Vineyard Barolo 2005
    From Wine Enthusiast European 'Winery of the Year' comes this perfectly aged Barolo. Smoky, floral, gunsmoke and leather aromas. Intense, powerful, driving, but has softened now, and is very pleasing on the palate. Loaded with character, has an attractive rustic ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  39. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017
    The grapes are selected from very important small vineyards in the Barolo region. The 2017 Barolo Castiglione is a wild, exotic wine. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, cinnamon, tobacco, new leather and rose petal all flesh out in this ample, voluptuous Barolo ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  40. PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO 'RIVA DEL BRIC' 2016
    For certain drinkers the Riva del Bric is the choice of the Paolo Conterno Barolos, forgoing some of the power and minerals of the 'Ginestra' in place of sweeter fruit and more balance in its youth. This 2016 is probably the ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    James Suckling
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