This wine demonstrates the perfect marriage of these two Piedmontese varieties – the fruit and acidity of Barbera melds perfectly with the savoury character and structure of Nebbiolo.Although it’s an approachable style from a single vineyard near Kersbrook in the northern Adelaide Hills (340m above sea level on complex sandy clay loams over shale), it’s also serious kit!
7th July 2019 by Julie Harding MW. 16.5 points+
Light to mid bricky red. Mature aromas of leather, spice and undergrowth, and dried cherries. I may be imagining it but there also seems to be a tiny hint of faded roses, presumably the Nebbiolo. Dry but super-fine texture, the juicy fruit sweetness of the Barbera nicely balancing the more austere tannins of the Nebbiolo. This is really coming into its own but it is so well balanced that I feel sure it will continue to age well for another five years. Delicious and clever.
5 August 2016 by Julia Harding MW. Score: 16.5
Subtle aroma with hints of red fruit and a very slight perfume. And a touch of leather and spice. On the palate, this is absolutely delicious – the alcohol is well in balance, there’s vibrant freshness and a restrained but definite structure – the tannins are there but the bones are not protruding beyond the fruit. As it opens in the glass, it becomes more aromatic but not different from those initial impressions. Finishes both fruity and savoury – mostly savoury. Deliciously drinkable, and persistent.
Gourmet Traveller Wine, Feb/March 2015, Huon Hooke, page 143. 93 points
Medium to full brick red colour. The bouquet is complex, showing leather, charcuterie, cured meats and a trace of dried herbs. It's rich and ripe in the mouth with lovely flavour depth and balance, savoury and drying.