2016 Central Ranges Barbera

Retail Price
$32.00
Online Price
$28.80
Member Price
$25.60
Varieties
Barbera
Vintage
2016
Country
Australia
Region
Orange
Alcohol
14%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2016 - 2026
Description

Piedmont region of northwest Italy is best known for its Barolo's, magnificent wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. These wines can age for decades, have great structure and are generally saved for special occasions. For everyday, most people in the region turn to the easier more accessible Barbera wines. Among their many virtues, these wines are great with food, with its bracing acidity it is a brillant accompaniment, refreshing the palate and stimulating the appetite. This wine exhibits all the classic varietal characters of Barbera.

Excellent growing conditions were experienced throughout the 2016 growing season in the Orange Region. This years wine comes from a vineyard located in the foothills of Mount Canobolas. The cool climate and ancient volcanic soils combined produce high quality grapes with good intensity of flavour and high natural acidity.

Harvest date: 13th March 2016

The grapes were warm fermented in traditional open vats which were hand plunged. The wine was matured in older oak barrels for 12 months prior to bottling.

This wine has dry cherry and prune aromas with wild herb background.

Savoury flavours dominate the palate which is medium bodied and finishes with a firm acidity accompanied by fine soft tannins typical of this variety.

Barbera is a versatile partner with food. It is great with pizza, but also with all manner of meat sauces and grilled meats. If you are throwing a steak or sausages onto the grill, get out the Barbera!

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Awards

Title
Silver Medal
Year
2017
Event
NSW Small Winemakers Show
Title
Gold Medal
Year
2016
Event
NSW Small Winemakers Show
Title
Silver Medal
Year
2016
Event
Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards
Title
Silver Award
Year
2016
Event
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

Reviews

James Halliday James Halliday Wine Companion

March, 2017

Barbera has two faces, either frisky and light-bodied on the one hand, or medium-bodied and satisfying on the other. This falls into the former camp.

88
Mike Bennie The Wine Front

April, 2017

From Orange, though the label gives the broader Central Ranges as its locale too. I like that. Central Ranges is a strong name for a wine region and you wouldn’t confuse it for a 6000-year-old winemaking style either.
Exotic spice, cherry juice, bay leaf, orange juice scents. Quite thin in flavour, light on in body, has a light, cheery feel to red berry fruits, lick of cedary character, peters out quickly to a citrussy finish. Almost gets there, and you wouldn’t complain over a glass or two.

87
Daniel Hanna The Australian

July, 2017

Although widely planted in northeast Italy, the barbera grape sits in the shadow of nebbiolo, the grape of the often highly prized barolo wines. However it shouldn’t be discounted and is one of the wines ­locals quaff while they wait for their more grandiose baroli to ­mature. Characteristically high in acid, David Hook’s version from NSW’s Orange/central ranges would go well alongside anything from a pizza to a charcuterie plate to a steak. That said, it also drinks well on its own. In fact, I would go as far as to say it is surprisingly ­accessible, with some almost sweet fruit keeping the acid in check. There are smooth tannins and easy oak influences throughout and while it does have the potential to age in the short to medium term it is good to go right now.

Huon Hooke

June, 2017

Deep red colour with a good tint of purple, the bouquet shy but clean, dusty, earthy, dried-herby and then showing plenty of berry flavours in the mouth. The tannins are fine-grained and supple. Very good balance, charm and drinkability. Delicious wine. Drink 2017 to 2029

92
Qwine

An enjoyable drop with bright red cherry fruit straight up. Crunchy acidity exhibiting red apple and lemon like traits. On the lighter side of medium bodied, a shake of spice lingers with a lick of cedar.

Good drinking and handy for pizza and pasta.

Drink now to three years.

88

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