This is a really impressive and great value version of Aglianico and without doubt one of the nation’s best, although there is not a hell of a lot of it planted around the country. What makes this Aglianico special is it manages to carry what can in some cases be overwhelming acidity and tannins thanks to the raw power of well-ripened Barossa Valley fruit.
Deeply coloured, there is a delicious brightness and freshness to the aromas despite obvious intensity – beetroot, dark cherry and balsamic aromas flood the senses. In the mouth it hits you like a freight train – punchy, peppery, dark, earthy and meaty fruits in a full-bodied package with chewy, mouthfilling tannins which give bite to a long and savoury finish. It’s big, no doubt, but also beautifully structured and will get even better as those tannins settle with time in the cellar.