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2015 Chain of Ponds 'Stopover' Single Vineyard Barbera

2015 Chain of Ponds 'Stopover' Single Vineyard Barbera

'It's not often an Australia barbera has the bright, vibrant, juicy fruit that overflows in this wine, the 5% shiraz completing the structure.'
95 Points - James Halliday

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  • In the early years Chain of Ponds played an important stopover role in the difficult trek across the ranges, linking Adelaide to Mannum and the colony’s lifeline, the River Murray.

    Barbera is originally from the Piedmont region of Italy where it is the third most widely planted variety after Sangiovese and Montepulciano, but it is a relatively new variety in Australia. However it is rapidly finding a following amongst discerning wine consumers who are looking for something new and interesting. The grapes have fabulous colour, low tannins and high acidity and produce robust red wines, with intense cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit characters, soft tannins and great aging potential.


    Selectively handpicked from the Berry vineyard at Kuitpoin the southern Adelaide Hills, a North Facing Aspect with East-West row orientation and an elevation of 380m. Soil is a sandy loam over siltstone, Clone is 424 and the canopy is managed with strict vertical shoot positioning. The block produces vibrant wines with depth, intensity and structure.

    Hand Harvested at optimal maturity the grapes were destemmed only into small open fermenters then cold soaked for 3 x days before being innoculatedwith RP15 yeast strain. During fermentation the must was plunged twice daily and allowed to ferment between 18-25 degrees while it spenta full 10 days on skins. It was pressed directly to 100% French oak with 30% new oak to complete primary ferment followed by Malolactic fermentation. Aged and matured on lees in oak for 12 months prior to bottling.


    Deep plum purple, magenta hue. Intensely aromatic plum, blackcurrant and cherry cola with nuances of blueberries, underlying baking spice and hints of white pepper. Purity of fruit, rich blackcurrant, blueberries, and satsuma plums are integrated with oak spice and hints of black pepper and cured meats. Good linear acidity backbone with subtle velvety tannins are met with generous fruit weight and persistence and fresh fruit on the finish.

    Winemaker: Greg Clack
    95% Barbera, 5% Shiraz
    Bottled: March
    2016 Alcohol: 14.2%
    Acid: 6.6g/L pH: 3.43Residual Sugar: 2.8g/L Sulphur: 86mg/L


    'Includes 5% shiraz, hand-picked, 3 days cold soak, open-fermented, plunged twice daily, 10 days on skins, completing fermentation in French oak (30% new), matured for 12 months. It's not often an Australia barbera has the bright, vibrant, juicy fruit that overflows in this wine, the 5% shiraz completing the structure.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    95 Points  & Gold Medal  - 2015 Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2016
    Bronze Medal - 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016 
    Silver Medal - 2015 International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017 
    Silver Medal - 2015 Small Winemakers Show 2017 
    Silver Medal - 2015 Rutherglen Wine Show 2016