Ravensworth Hilltops Barbera 2021

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  • Mike Bennie
    91 points

Editors notes

Bryan Martin's Hilltops Barbera is a picture perfect example of an Aussie take on this Italian stalwart variety.

Barbera finds a happy groove amongst the Ravensworth range. The easy approachability as a fresh young wine, the lack of need for additions, the balance of fruit and savoury characters that Italian varieties offer all suit Bryan's winemaking down to a tee.

A splash of Nebbiolo make it into the blend, taking it further into Piedmonte-comes-to-Aus territory. Perfectly ripe, delicious red fruit and a lovely lick of chewy tannin make this one of the most versatile wines we've seen in a while. Anytime, anywhere. If you're looking for something to take to your next dinner party, this would be a great choice.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Almond
    • Fig
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Cedar
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Mike Bennie

    91
    "Cherry cola, sarsaparilla, dried herbs, woody spice. Nice start. Good to sniff on. Looser knit than expected to taste with juicy, fleshy fruit character doused in intense, liquid Chinese five spice. Good sense of vitality, good depth; a fun loving wine with high drinkability and charisma. ’nuff said."

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Locations

Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

New South Wales

New South Wales, is a wine-lover's paradise with 14 official wine regions that cater to every palate. The region boasts Australia's oldest wine-producing area, the Hunter Valley, as well as newer and exciting cool climate regions like Orange, the Southern Highlands, and Tumbarumba. With its status as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales attracts wine enthusiasts from around the world. However, despite its production, the region's wine consumption far outpaces its output due to its high population.

In addition to its diverse range of wine regions, New South Wales is also known for its excellent food and wine events. The Hunter Valley, for example, is home to the famous Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festival features tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, and other activities that showcase the region's local produce and wines.

Furthermore, the New South Wales wine industry is committed to sustainable practices and environmentally-friendly production. Many wineries in the state are certified organic or biodynamic, and there is a growing trend towards low-intervention winemaking. This means that the wines produced in New South Wales not only taste great but are also produced in an ethical and environmentally conscious way.

Other regions within New South Wales, such as the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina, and the Shoalhaven Coast, produce some of the finest Australian wines, making New South Wales a must-visit destination for wine connoisseurs.

Canberra District

Although winemaking started 160 years ago in Canberra District, the viticulture of this region was revived in the 1970s. Situated in the wider area of southern New South Wales, surrounding Australian Capital Territory, the region is famous for their Shiraz and Rieslings due to their cool climate. Canberra District wine region was granted GI (Geographical Indication) in 1998 although the district was home to very few vineyards at that time. Today, wineries such as Clonakilla and Ravensworth have paved the way for putting Canberra District on the map as an up- and-coming wine region to watch in Australia.

Located about 150 kilometers inland from the Pacific Ocean, the vineyards are on lands of varying altitudes ranging from 300-800 meters which causes variation in temperature and soil types. The climate of Canberra District can be described as having a continental climate, which is characterized by big differences in temperature during the day and night. The region is capable of producing some of the nations finest Shiraz and Riesling.

About the brand Ravensworth Wines

At the International Riesling Challenge in Canberra in 2012, Bryan Martin’s 2012 Ravensworth Riesling hit the jackpot, beating all comers to win the challenge. Hailed an amazing achievement for a small-production local wine in international company, Bryan's Rieslings have continued to wow judges for years raking in accolades!


Ravensworth has two vineyards in the area which constantly has cool nights and dry autumns with mild, harvest temperatures. Rosehill is a 7 hectare vineyard that has volcanic, granite soils and produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Martin Block produces Shiraz, Viognier, Marsanne and Sangiovese. All their wines are made from estate fruit grown on their own vineyards, producing 2000 cases each year.

 

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