I caught up with Jane Ferarri a few years ago. Such a generous individual with her time, she is so fantastically hilarious and ever so knowledgeable about her patch of Barossa dirt.
We sat and ate breakfast at her favourite Angaston cafe and chewed the fat on a range of topics. She loves poetry, too, but she wasn't about to sneak a cheeky insight into her upcoming gig at the Elvis festival in Parkes (she went on to win the best poet of the whole shebang). Those who've spent time with Jane know she speaks sense. So when she does talk, you just listen.
Jane has taught me many things about the Barossa, for which I am very grateful. One is about the Paradox Vineyard. One of the most underrated in the Yalumba portfolio, she reckons it is one of the best they've got. There's a tidbit to stick in your back pocket...
At the end of our chat she threw me a bottle of this Patchwork. Lovingly crafted by Kevin Glastonbury (Yalumba's red wine gun), she instructed me to taste it in 18 months time. Except, time races away as we all know and here we are a little later than anticipated...
Anyway, this 2013 Patchwork has met 2020 unsuspectingly. What it does show is that you don't need to drop a bomb to enjoy an age-worthy wine. Seven years young, there is still plenty of gas left in the tank - all for only $22 RRP at the time.
Sevens years on it is led by black fruits, touches of leather and baking spices to make nanna's pantry proud. That spice has some warmth which runs long to a persistent finish. There is a moreish sensation that is hard to resist. Only 13.5% alc, you'd be forgiven for thinking it is heavier. The longer you peruse the more you get a sense its youth wants to resist what is coming to it. For now, it's a great drink, but it will continue to tick away nicely.
The lesson here from Jane is simple: don't write off the 'cheaper' wines, be patient, plus meticulous and considered blending by experienced winemakers will steer you on a path to enjoyable drinking and satisfaction.
Note: The Patchwork label has been moved on but the same wine is available in the Yalumba range now known as the Samuel's Garden Barossa Shiraz.
Drink to five years+