Hobbs of Barossa Tin Lids Aria Secca Shiraz 2020

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Definitely a wine you need to seek out, even if only to experience its differences. From the Barossa Ranges, this is made in what is termed the ‘Amarone/Apassimento’ style, where handpicked grapes are laid out on racks and allowed to ‘semi-dry’. There is no set recipe for the drying – it all depends on conditions at the time. A wild ferment follows in open vats with hand plunging on a daily basis, for around ten days. Then a year maturing in French oak.

Loved it. A very dark maroon. There are intriguing beef stock notes with spices and bay leaf touches. Dark berries, plums and a supple, seductive texture. Delightfully seamless, there are abundant but very fine tannins, impressive length, a richness to it and excellent balance. The palate provides more black cherry notes. This has a decade or more ahead of it and is a fine example of what can be done with Barossa Shiraz to offer a richly flavoured wine of interest, but one which is not too much of a blockbuster. Hard to imagine it won’t prove to be immensely popular.

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