YEAR: 2018 VARIETAL: Barbera APPELLATION: Broke-Fordwich REGION: Hunter Valley, NSW COUNTRY: Australia STYLE: dry
Barbera is an Italian variety, native to Piemonte in the northwest but widely grown throughout that country. In Australia it pops up in a few places, including in the Hunter where Andrew Margan planted it in volcanic soils in the late 1990s.
The style is kinda "pinot noir with weight" but that's a tad misleading. Certainly the wines tend to be acid driven with soft tannins, but barbera has an extra richness and affinity with oak that differentiates it from it's French cousin.
This is one of the finest Australian examples I've tasted. Versatile and friendly with a wide range of foods, its also great value.
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