2012 Ruggabellus Fluus, Barossa

2012 Ruggabellus Fluus

Mataro Grenache Syrah


This winery has a bit of cult following, it seems to be the face of the ‘new’ Barossa. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but this is certainly a wine of finer proportions than a stereo typed Barossan red. In my opinion, nowadays stereo types are mostly wrong, but I can see why this wine may have been labelled as such by drinkers. It is not wall to wall heavy black fruit with lashings of oak. I think that’s what is meant by the ‘new’ Barossa.

The Fluus has that lovely warm licorice allsort nose, deep dark spice and confectionery notes too. It has a milky raspberry aroma which leads into an almost minty smell, stems, petals and aniseed. The palate is nervy, really fresh acid the driving force here, with recurrent red fruits and it finishes with that aromatic floral cum confectionery note. It’s tannins are not really worth remarking on, this wine is all about acid and fruit expression for me, it’s pure and succulent. The wine is a pleasure to drink and takes me back to the glass not to go looking for more flavours but because it’s just very very tasty. RRRP $24


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