Barbera is a versatile grape, capable of a wide range of wine styles in its home in Italy. The New England Australia region is a lesser known Australian geographical indication situated inland of the coast in northern New South Wales, that mitigates its low latitude with altitude. It is of interest to see that the barbera presents very well in the hands of Topper’s Mountain, even in this their first vintage. A deepish ruby in colour, the wine has aromatics of attractive plums, chalk, cedar, bacon and red meat. The palate has expressions of Christmas cake, plum, medium to high acid, and medium length, with some spirit evident, and if I am to be super picky, perhaps more edges than middle. Overall, this is an enjoyable wine with attractive aromatics and flavours that is ready to drink now. Good
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