Efferus / Latin for savage, wild, untamed.
The Mataró comes from a vineyard in Krondorf that sits in a gully at the foothills of the Eden Valley. The fruit here is treated to a cool breeze that eddies down from up high, whipping across the vineyard as the afternoon grows long. Abe uses only the low hanging bunches for Efferus. The Grenache hails from two sites: one in the southern reaches on sandy soil in Williamstown and the other on denser clay in Marananga. The Syrah comes from two sites: one off of the ironstone rich soils of Greenock and the other from the the steep and rocky hillsides of Angaston.
Stems come into play for the Mataró & Syrah (22%). "For stems, I like to offset fruit and tannins, get some sappiness and a salivating roll of texture. I don't prefer wines that are safe and even. I want expression to be interesting," offers Abel.
This has a decidedly animal meatiness to the wine. Exotic in aroma with sage and pepper overlaid on briary, blackberry fruit. Seductive texture with a density yet a satiny-slippery freshness that glides across the palate. You'd say medium bodied but it's so fresh, fleeing and glassy that it lifts to a lighter shade of itself as a wine. The finish trails with earth and clove spice, a pucker of chalky tannins and a prickle of peppery spice. It's a washy, expressive mouthful of wine with immense character. So very good to drink, wild in a way and satisfying.
- Region: Barossa Valley
- Varietal: 76% Mataró - 15% Syrah - 9% Grenache
- Vintage: 2012
- Vineyard: 5 Sites scattered throughout the Barossa Valley
- Vine Age: 56 years old
- Yield: 1.7 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Varied: Predominantly Clay and Ironstone
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- Oak: 11 months in neutral French pucheons
- Production: 205 cases
With a rich history dating back to 1847, a profound and unique Silesian (German) influence, the Barossa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions of South Australia and, indeed, Australia. The region is now rightly asserting not only its importance to the wine industry but the inestimable value of its storehouse of century-old vines and historic wineries. Learn More »
The wines of Ruggabellus are born out of a deep-rooted, natural connection that vigneron Abel Gibson has with his home in the Barossa Valley, a connection that respects that traditions of the past, but is heavily influenced by the possibilities that only become apparent once you begin to question and search for another side of the story. Learn More »
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