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While we’ve been growing mainstream varieties for more than a quarter of a century, we get a kick out of working with new varieties like Barbera, Each comes with unique characteristics. For Barbera it is an inability to handle excessive heat, however 2016 proved a perfect summer enabling us to pick 6 tonnes of fruit showing ideal flavour / acid balance.
This wine delights with a gentle, soft yet full mouth-feel, carrying flavours of prunes and spices. The tannis are mild and the flavours linger on. A food match could be Osso Buco or Pasta Putanesca. Pour the Barbera and you will see it is – A wine made for eating.
When the English established their colony in South Africa they planted grape varieties that they were familiar with for the production of table wines, asa result mostly French varieties were planted. This pattern was then set and emulated in South Australia, with cuttings acquired in Europe and Capetown on the way to Australia. This foundation set the scene well into the future, and it is only relatively recently that Italian and Iberian Peninsula varieties have found their feet in Australia.
H&L have been championing these emerging varieties including Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Fiano, Garnacha, Vermentino and Barbera since 2000. As “Grapegrowers have looked at the relative latitudes of where these varieties grow best and questioned why we are not growing these wines which are eminently more compatible with our region. H&L believe that wine drinkers have missed out on these fabulous varieties that are arguably more suitable to our climate, especially here in McLaren Vale.”
Hastwell and Lightfoot