Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera 2022
From the Orange region, this is a fine example of a local Barbera, a variety which I must confess enthralls me more and more. A trophy winner, the vines were planted in 1999. 20% whole bunches and then maturation in French oak puncheons for a year, 20% new. Dark purple hue, there are lifted aromas here and a savoury style to be enjoyed. Spices, black fruits, plums, dry herbs, aniseed, chocolate, cherry notes showing good concentration and focus with some complexity emerging. This is a well-crafted example with silky tannins and decent length – a fine local Barbera with some years ahead.