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.
The 2016 Enigma came from two Adelaide Hills vinyards – Christmas Hill in Kuitpo and Carmini Peppicelli in Kenton Valley. From there, 50% went through whole bunch fermentation and 50% crushed on top of whole bunches and inoculated with a neutral yeast, before spending 18 months in old barriques and puncheons, the latter large format option favoured for gentler maturation.
SMELLS LIKE… Rhubarb and custard, wild berries.
TASTES LIKE… Pink lemonade, strawberries and cream.
DRINK WITH… Anything Italian.
CELLAR FOR… Up to 10 years.