2016  Barbera

Region: Adelaide Hills

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.

LOOKS LIKE… A failed Rorschach test.

FEELS LIKE… A familiar feeling you can’t quite place.

SOUNDS LIKE… Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place

SMELLS LIKE… Rhubarb and custard, wild berries.

TASTES LIKE… Pink lemonade, strawberries and cream.

DRINK WITH… Anything Italian.

CELLAR FOR… Up to ten years.