LA ZONA Barbera 2016
When we planted Barbera in the ground of our Upper King Valley vineyard in 1984, little did we know that the variety would become the foundation of Chrismont, and a first for King Valley. Today, we continue to develop our distinct style through meticulous grape growing and winemaking, spurred on by the Australian wine drinker’s love of Italian flavours.
COLOUR: Crimson red with youthful purple hues.
AROMA: Fragrant red cherries and plum, and a cinnamon spice oak background.
PALATE: Dark berry and cherry flavours in a medium bodied palate. Aromatic spice and mocha complement the prominent acidity, finishing with fine velvety tannins.
Grapes are harvested cool and crushed to small fermenters. The first few days sees a cool slow start to fermentation, which is allowed to naturally warm slowly, reaching a peak of 28degs towards the end. This is then drained and pressed into tanks and barrels to complete primary and malolactic fermentation. The new wine is then matured in new (15%) and older large format French oak barrels for 12 months before being blended and prepared for bottling. Released after an extra six to twelve months age in bottle.” Warren Proft, winemaker
At its best when paired with tomato-based dishes, such as eggplant alla Siciliana layered with fiore di latte, Napoli, mortadella and deep fried crispy capers.