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Barbera is grown throughout Italy and officially ranks as Italy’s second most planted red wine grape variety – behind only Sangiovese.
In recent years, winemakers in northern Italy have been treating it with much greater respect and there are some stunning Barbera’s now being produced. Barbera has been grown in Mudgee for 30 years and we believe these were the first planting of the variety in Australia. Di Lusso Estate has a small vineyard block of one hectare of Barbera on the property.
2015 was an excellent year for both red and white grapes in Mudgee.
The grapes were machine harvested in early March, crushed and then fermented in open concrete vats. The temperature was allowed to rise to about 30oC and then cooled to prolong the fermentation period.
The wine was pressed from the skins and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
The wine was matured predominantly in older French oak puncheons, before being bottled in December 2015.
The wine, an intense ruby red colour, openly displays its youth and freshness. The aroma is typical sour cherry, with a palate of raspberry fruit with hints of richer plums and spice. There is underlying earthiness to Barbera.
In summary, the 2015 Barbera is a real ‘Italian wine” – clean and fresh, with a fine acid backbone, good tannin length and elegant balance. With bottle age it will develop more complex secondary characters of cigar box, dried herbs and aniseed.
With this wine try rich dark meats – duck and rabbit for example. Also dishes comprising mushrooms, herbs, herbaceous cheeses like blue cheese, and higher tannin foods like root vegetables & braised greens. The idea here is that the bright acidity in the wine will make a rich fatty or high tannin dish complete.
Production - 4000 litres