Ruggabellus Timaeus 2013 Barossa, Australia
82% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 2% Syrah, 1% Mataro, 13.4% alcohol. Fresh, vivid, spicy, bright and peppery. Lovely focused red cherry and berry fruit with a strongly savoury edge. Distinctive stuff that really needs a day or two open to begin to wake up. Potentially long lived.
It’s always a joy to find wines which express the Barossa in a way that seems more authentic. And these wines from Abel Gibson at Ruggabellus are just lovely.
They’re picked relatively early, fermented with some stems using indigenous yeasts, and no new oak is used. Interestingly, they are bottled in very modest, light bottles with screwcap seals. If you like the ripe, easier style of Barossa red, you might find these a bit challenging. But they are built for the long haul, and I followed each over a period of three days, which allowed them to wake up from their taut, reductive, closed states to show a bit of what they are capable of. Only bottle age will show how good they really are, though – in this respect, they remind me a bit of the Wendouree wines from the Clare Valley.