2008 Solita Nebbiolo

This is a collaboration between multi award winning Journalist Nick Stock and renowned Barossa-based vigneron, Chris Ringland. “ We are old mates and one day, after a couple (well, 4) bottles of inspiring Barolo, we decided to hunt down some good Nebbiolo and make some wine”, Nick recalls.

Solita Nebbiolo is sourced from the Longview vineyard, near Macclesfield, in the Adelaide Hills. The vineyard was established by Duncan MacGillivray in the early 90’s and is now owned by the Saturno family.



Technical Details


We select 1 tonne of Nebbiolo from vines growing on a steep, north-east facing slope and use a combination of clones 230, F12V7, F12V13, and 1-11. The fully de-stemmed grapes undergo wild yeast fermentation in one new French oak Demi-muid, which is then used for maturation of the wine.

Solita is matured in oak for around 36-40 months. The bottled wine is further matured for 5 to 7 years before release.

We began the Solita collaboration in 2004. The 2008 vintage is now available. Production is tiny and, because of the vagaries of nature, we don’t manage to make a wine every year. There was no Solita in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

In 2008 we decided to extend our scope and created a Carignan from an extraordinary 50 year old planting in Angove’s Paringa vineyard, near Renmark, South Australia. The wine, which will be named “Chihuahua” is yet to be released.

Patch – Neb 3
Clones – 230,111,F12V13,F12V7
Planted – 1997
Rootstock – Ownroots
Pruning – 2 canes by 8-10 buds/cane
Vine Spacing – 1m
Row Spacing – 2.4m
Trellis – VSP
Row Orientation – North South
Elevation – 320-335m
Soil Type – Iron stone through a fine sandy loam topsoil with a underlying clay layer.

700 Bottles
40 Magnums
4 Double Magnums
54mm hand select cork finish
Shipped as a six pack.

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