Vietti La Crena, Barbera D’Asti, 2012 DOC Piedmont, Italy $95
Barbera can often be known as a lighter style red, this example however provides significant depth and body, 100 % Barbera. Spending sixteen months in a combination of new French oak and large Slovenian oak casks, it appears a deep ruby colour in the glass. After a quick glass swirl, a gorgeous ripe raspberry, cherry and black pepper aroma draws you in, so inviting. The palate is rich and silky, the same array of fruit on the bouquet provides all the personality, whilst a crunchy acidity provides a long and satisfying finish. Drink by the fire with a bowl of Tagliatelle Bolognese for ultimate comfort.
Rockford Rifle Range, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Barossa Valley, SA $50
We took this away with us on a cold weekend in Mount Martha recently. Popped the cork, decanted and grilled a couple of Eye Fillets on the BBQ. We were spoilt by the comforting nature of this wine. Very perfumed on the nose, with bright red fruits and red liquorice allsort. You generally don’t get as much Cabernet Sauvignon herbal attributes from Barossa Cabernet, it kind of appears in the background though. Almost slippery in the mouth, luscious and luxurious, only medium bodied, but packing the full display of red fruits we smelt before. It’ complex, layered with dried herbs and oak integrating beautifully. Tannin and length just all in beautiful balance. Did not want the bottle to end.