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2016 Ruggabellus Efferus

Barossa Valley, SA

The exquisite Mataro dominant blend from Abel Gibson's old vine Barossa Valley vineyard.

$44.00

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I want it to be untamed, hence Efferus, wild, so the wine shows robustness and a rustic feel, but that’s not quite right either.

Abel Gibson, Owner/winemaker

About The Wine

The Latin word, Efferus, roughly translates to savage, wild, untamed, and undomesticated - a beautiful vision of Abel Gibson's Mataro from his rugged Barossa home.

In this wine, while old vine Mataro is the focal point, colour is added by Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. It's a wine that is very much greater than the sum of its parts.

Gibson has a rare feel for the art of blending, the aim always to bring vitality and freshness to the naturally moody, meaty, earthy nature of Mataro. It's a balancing act that few achieve, yet one that seems easy in Abel's calm hands.

This is a beautiful wine and a beguiling depiction of Mataro and its friends from the great Barossa Valley.

About Ruggabellus

Ruggabellus - meaning 'rugged beauty' - is one of the breakaway producers of the much written about 'New Barossa' movement. 

A deep connection to the land of the Barossa Valley underpins Abel Gibson's winery. Raised amongst the vines of the Barossa, the cellars of Penfolds and Rockford, with the guidance of local wine legends such as Charlie Melton and his father Rob Gibson, Abel has carved a unique path for his brand.

Ruggabellus focuses on sensitive blends of old vine Syrah, Mataro, Grenache and Cinsault from great old vineyards with freshness and vitality always the key. Oak is never new. Additions are minimal. 

The 'whites' are some of the country's finest examples of skin contact 'amber' wines. The variations on Riesling, Muscat and Semillon that are entirely world class. These are rare and truly authentic Australian wines.

Abel Gibson amongst the rugged Barossa landscape
Abel Gibson amongst the rugged Barossa landscape
Barossa Valley, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"This is 71% mataro, 17% syrah, 10% grenache, 2% cinsault. “I always want this to be earthy as its sort of primary feel. Not want, but I think this is what mataro’s best attributes are. Meat and the earth. That for me is the aim. I want it to be untamed, hence Efferus, wild, so the wine shows robustness and a rustic feel, but that’s not quite right either. It’s like the tertiary colours of gum leafs, with the red hue through them” explains winemaker Abe Gibson. Select vineyards contribute, though the focus is rounding to the home block on the family property. There’s an unkempt feel to the wine in the best possible sense. A Wine Of Character. Scents of red and black berry, turned earth, pepper, gum leaf, undergrowth. The palate starts with chewy tannin, ropes of them, set amongst dark fruit, savouriness, meaty characters and sweet-just sour fruit character. Unreal, rumbling wine of depth and personality." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

We are keen to understand the uniquely Australian character of our wines. We use no new oak. For our reds we are attracted to vineyards that allow us to pick earlier in an effort to preserve vitality, crunch and intrigue. 

Our wines range from 10% to 100% whole bunch and all wine movements are done using gravity. We nearly always harvest on ‘fruit’ days. All ferments are unseeded and allowed to progress naturally. All wines are bottled under screw cap. We sincerely hope they become a valuable contribution to the evolving nature of Australian wine.

Blend : Mataro (71%), Syrah (17%), Grenache (10%), Cinsault (2%)
ABV : 13.8%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Abel Gibson hard at work
Abel Gibson hard at work
Barossa Valley, SA
Shipping

Shipping & Delivery

We ship primarily with Australia Post. Their fast, easy and reliable delivery is completely FREE for any orders of $150 or more, or just $9 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like.

The vast majority of orders are dispatched from our Sydney warehouse on the same or next business day. Estimated delivery time frames can be viewed here. Please include Authority to Leave instructions in the ‘SPECIAL REQUESTS’ box during checkout if you may not be available to sign for your delivery and would like it left at your front door.

Customer pickup is also available for Sydney customers, 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, except on Wednesdays when we are open until 7:30pm. A useful map on how to find us can be viewed here.

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