Sunday, 19 April 2015

Golden Grove Barbera 2014

My thoughts exactly were already emblazoned on the back label... crunchy acidity. Green apple type it is. This wine is fresh as but what struck me, after a few days open, was how ridiculously soft and cuddly the wine had become. Sure it will mop up the flavours of classic Italian food now but I'd be very tempted to buy a few just to stick away for a few years.

Winemaker Ray Costanzo calls Barbera his baby and he has the formula right. Five percentage Durif is used which adds to the vibrant colour. There's non of the dour or browning of the hue which can be common with this variety.

Generous flavours of dark cherry, a little compote like. Raspberry is flicked out just at the death, something which just sticks with a length that is giving. There's too much to like here already and it's only been in the bottle a short period of time. Will cellar for ten years.

I'd go here again for sure. Well priced too.

Very good+

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $24
Source: Sample

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