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2018

Barbera

Region:

Adelaide Hills

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Riddle me this… What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space… the beginning of every end and the end of every race? It’s “E” of course. The AB&D Enigma is a puzzle well worth solving, as a puzzle has many sides, only some visible at first, but the deeper you dig the more is revealed. Barbera is the grape variety here – thought to have originated in the hills of Piemonte it’s high in acid, low in tannin, tricky in the vineyard, tricky in the winery, but by the beard of Zeus does it ever shape-shift into a soifalicious drink in the glass when all the panels of the vinous Rubik’s Cube align.

Winemaking

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The 2018 Enigma came from two Adelaide Hills vineyards – Berry vineyard in Kuitpo and Carmini Peppicelli in Kenton Valley. It was handpicked, with roughly 60% whole bunches, going through wild fermentation until dry in open fermenters with pump overs twice daily in the early stages of fermentation and then plunged twice daily. Gentle pressing cycle. It then spent 18 months predominantly in puncheons (5% new) and foudre.

Tasting Notes

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NOSE: Rhubarb, bright red berries, red frog lollies and wet leaves on the forest floor.

PALATE: Berry compote with red berries, building into blackberries and spices on the finish.

PAIR:: Caprese salad, pasta, pizza, turkey.

CELLAR : Up to 15 years.