Frederik Stevenson Dry Red, Barossa Valley, Australia 2016

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Frederik Stevenson Dry Red, Barossa Valley, Australia 2016

23.50

I can imagine someone taking a sip of this and spitting it straight out again. Not in disgust, but in complete confusion, because it's not what you would ever expect from a Barossa red. It's pale in colour, light-bodied, only 12% alcohol and flavoured by dainty red fruits - the total antithesis of the traditional, full-throttle, black-fruited Barossa bombshell. It's made with a light touch, for drinking in the sunshine, but that is to oversimplify a wine that shows some incipient complexity in the interplay between strawberry, rhubarb and subtle baking spices, red flowers and sage. It's a delicious 'on trend' wine that would find a warm welcome in the hipster wine bars of East Hackney.


Press review:

The Wine Front: "Mostly Cinsault and Syrah with about 15% Grenache to bolster the offering. The Cinsault and Syrah come from the certified biodynamic vineyard of Wayne Ahrens in Vine Vale, the Grenache from Hongell vineyard. It’s a light maceration to get this to bottle, keeping things frisky. Ooh, this is right up the drinkability scale. You get the impression its simple, but there’s spice, barely-there tannin, crisp acidity, a mesh of fruit and savoury character, all brought together in a light-weight wine. The tension in the wine is a big part of the appeal, with acidity and tannin sitting fine, like a shell, around juiciness and sweet-sour (pleasing) fruit character. Crispy-crunchy yum fun times. Antithesis of Barossa whoppers, and best with a chill and beach cricket." 91 points

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