LA ZONA Barbera 2021
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: Vibrant crimson purple.
AROMA: Lifted ripe berry aromas of boysenberry, mulberry and plum, with a spicy oak background.
PALATE: Fragrant dark berries and aromatic spice flavours in a medium-bodied palate. Bright acidity mingles with fine silky tannins.
Grapes are harvested cool and crushed to small fermenters. The first few days see a cool slow start to fermentation, which is allowed to naturally warm slowly, reaching a peak of 28°C 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
Pair it with an antipasti dish of polpette in fresh basil Napoli, topped with mozzarella (Chrismont Restaurant, winter menu 2022).