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2016 Angullong 'Fossil Hill' Barbera


Medium bodied and elegant, with abundant cherry, raspberry and spice flavours, complemented by textural and balanced tannins


Wine Profile

Colour Lovely deep garnet colour with youthful purple hue.
Aroma Vibrant raspberry & cherry, with spicy complexity.
Palate Medium bodied and elegant, with abundant cherry, raspberry and spice flavours, complemented by textural and balanced tannins.
Region Orange Region, NSW
Food Matches Roast or barbequed meats; venison, lamb & beef
Winemaking The grapes were de-stemmed with 20% left as whole berries. 25% of the blend was matured in French oak to add complexity to the fresh and vibrant primary fruit flavours.
Peak Drinking Enjoy now and over the next six years
Analysis Alc/vol: 13.5%


Reviews & Awards from the previous vintage

Silver Medal, class 14, 2016 NSW Wine Awards.

Huon Hooke, May 2017: "91/100 Medium to deep red colour with a tinge of purple. Clean, fresh, dried herbs and dried berries to sniff, inviting and fruit-driven but savoury and not shrill or one-dimensionally fruity. It's the same on the palate, with just a slight after-kick of alcohol. A trace of licorice. Very good."

Adelaide Advertiser & Herald Sun, Jane Thomson, Mar 2017: "It’s such a fresh, lively, lighter style red that – like the animator – should get far more attention than it actually does. And Angullong has got a ripper one here, filled with black cherries, earth and spice and a fun, bouncy finish. Perfect for weekend sipping and reminiscing. 4.5/5 stars"

Wine Reviewer, Patrick Eckel, Mar 2017: "This release is grafted from Orange, with Angullong having a penchant for Italian varietals. The nose gives plenty of upfront dark cherry and rhubarb which is given a lift by subtle herbs, spice and charcuterie notes. The palate is seamless with oak and tannin melding into one, the acid pulls everything together with spiced french oak and drying juicy dark cherry the lingering notes.  Great value for money." 

Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, Mar 2017: "I have loved Barbera since I first tasted the Montrose Barbera in the 1990's. This is a really great Barbera, light bright purple colour, on the nose, lovely cherry aromas with a hint of spices. The palate has smooth rich flavours with just a hint of earthiness and tight elegant tannins. It is a food wine at this stage of its development. It will open up and become silkier over the next few years. A CLASSY wine. ENJOY"

Q Wine, Mar 2017: "Barbera hiting the spot. This is worth hunting down. There's a good vibe here with plenty of ticks in the right boxes. Savoury herbs flank the red fruits which sit at the core, ably supported by soft spice notes. Medium bodied, it's a smooth ride from gate to post. A wine which clearly feels comfortable in its own skin and one which will deliver plenty of easy drinking pleasure. Drink now to five years. 90/100."

The Key Report on Wine, Tony Keys, Mar 2017: "...it’s a 93 point wine and value at $26."

Winefront, Campbell Mattinson, Mar 2017: "It’s fresh, fragrant, attractive and succulent throughout – if a little too warm with alcohol. This is a classy-but-easy-drinking red with cherry-berry flavours, a spray of fresh herbs, and a gentle infusion of roasted nut/spice notes. It feels clean as a whistle too, which in itself helps promote the wine’s super-fresh persona. It’s good."