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 – Berry vineyard in Kuitpo and Carmini Peppicelli in Kenton Valley. It was handpicked, with roughly 25%whole bunches, going through wild fermentation until dry in open fermenters with pump overs twice daily. It then spent 18 months on lees in old puncheons and old Burgundy barriques.
LOOKS LIKE… Stewed rhubarb.
SMELLS LIKE… Flinty, herbal, strawberries, Amaro Montenegro
TASTES LIKE… Pink lemonade, chocolate, blackberries, Blackforest cake
DRINK WITH… Caprese salad, pasta, pizza, turkey.
CELLAR FOR… Up to 15 years.