Now this is something that you do not see every day – an Aussie Tinta Barroca. Tinta Barroca is a Portuguese variety, usually used as a blender for their great ports. South Africa occasionally do a straight varietal and now it seems, so do we. Other than a couple from the Riverland, as is this one – and I suspect that they all come from the same vineyard at the Ricca Terra Farms. There is one from the fine Witches Falls Winery at Mount Tamborine in the Hinterland of Queensland’s Gold Coast as well, although I have no idea from where that fruit hails. In those circumstances, it would not be unfair to limit expectations but no need.
It is bold and bursting with flavour; thoroughly enjoyable. The colour is a deep red, and the aromas start out quite earthy with animal hide notes and lots of black fruits. Some choc/cherry here. On the palate, aniseed characters emerge. There is very good length and in terms of flavour, this more than over-delivers.