Alpha Box & Dice 'Enigma'' Barbera, McLaren Vale - Boutinot
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Alpha Box & Dice ‘Enigma” Barbera, McLaren Vale 2018

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Alpha Box & Dice

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. Barbera you saucy, puzzling little minx.

Meet the producer

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Production

Grapes are picked from the Christmas Hill Vineyard in Kuitpo and Carmine Peppicelli Vineyard in Kenton Valley, Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. The soil is light red clay loam over granite. Hand picked, 60% whole bunch fermentation, 40% crushed on top of the whole bunches; wild fermentation until dry. The Wine then spends 18 months predominantly in puncheons (5% new) and foudre.

Tasting notes

With the colour of arterial blood, the nose reveals wild berries, rhubarb and custard. The palate is dense, concentrated and brooding opening to a rich mid-palate with cherry-stone fruit and bitter plum and a long finish with a gentle brick-like texture.

Food match

Gamey meats or delicious on its own.

Awards

2015 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2018

Silver

Sommelier Wine Awards 2017

Bronze

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