Wines - 2014 Barbera Rose
Gone But Not Forgotten
The Barbera grape variety hails from the Italy’s, Piedmont wine region in the North-West. It is low in tannin and high in acidity, renowned for its fresh berry aromas and we reckon it is the perfect grape to be enjoyed as a rosé-style over the warmer months. We source the grapes from the Marschall family in the parish of Kalimna in the Northern Barossa, famous for its sandy soils and rich history of famous Barossa wines.
Pale cherry in hue with bright aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, strawberry and red cherry flowing from the glass. Hints of soft spice, red liquorice, purple flowers, cranberry, dried mandarin rind and glade cherries make for an alluring smelling wine. It’s light in body with an energetic entry onto the palate showing fruit flavours of redcurrant, raspberry and red cherries. The mid-palate shows hints of soft spice, light floral notes, marzipan, wet stone, dried citrus rind and cherry clafoutis. It is a wine that is dangerously easy to drink with its fresh, stylish gait, lightly spiced summer berry fruits, crisp, bright acidity and bone dry finish. Just perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon in the sunshine with good friends and good food. Try it with salads, light pasta dishes and grilled shellfish.
The grapes were hand picked on 13th March. Destemmed and whole berry basket pressed, prior to a 15 day cold ferment in old French oak. The wine then spent 4 months resting on its yeast lees in oak to develop some texture and mouth feel.
This wine has had minimal intervention to retain all purity, then gently filtered prior to bottling.
Bottled – 13th August 2014
pH – 3.07
TA – 6.9
Alc – 12.5 %
Grafted on to 60 year old Tokay vines several years ago, these vines are tended to by the Marschall family in the Northern part of the Barossa called Kalimna. Dry grown on sandy top soil over dark clay, and cropping at less than 1 tonne the acre, these vines were hand picked in mid March when balance was achieved between acid, sugar and flavour.
- 92 - James Halliday - 2016 Wine Companion