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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.



The 2019 Enigma came from two vineyards at opposite ends of the Adelaide Hills, Berry vineyard in Kuitpo and Peppicelli vineyard in Kenton Valley. Both were handpicked and naturally fermented with 60% whole bunches in the bottom of the fermenters, with the remainder crushed on top. Gently plunged during the fermentation, then pressed off and aged in large format barrels for 18 months.



NOSE: Rhubarb, tart raspberries, red frogs and brandy spice.

PALATE: Soft, bright, tart fruits that meld with the lively acidity inherent in the variety.

PAIR: Christmas ham on buttered toast, turkey or porchetta would also go beautifully! Or a mushroom pasta or risotto.

CELLAR : Up to 15 years.