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2016 Ruggabellus Timaeus

Barossa Valley, SA

Another exquisite lesson in blending from Barossan winemaking wizard Abel Gibson. Grenache & friends - gorgeous stuff!

$44.00

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About
Levity in red wine. Come hither stuff.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The detail involved in an Abel Gibson blend is second to none, the finesse and craftsmanship comes to the fore in a warmer vintage like 2016.

Timaeus is the Grenache-dominant blend in the Ruggabellus stable. It's a lither, more streamlined wine than some of the Shiraz or Mataro blend siblings.

Built on fine bones of tannin and a refreshing backbone of acidity, this is  a beaytiful modern expression of a Rhone-styled blend from the Barossa Valley.

Gorgeous stuff, and as with all of the Ruggabellus wines, rare as hen's teeth.

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 and hound roaming amongst the vines
Abel Gibson and hound roaming amongst the vines
Barossa Valley, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

93Points
The Wine Front

"The grapes came on a little earlier than expected, with Timaeus threatened by some higher alcohol potential in vineyards (and some parcels have been dropped accordingly, due to additional ripeness/flavour/alcohol). It is 76% grenache, 12% syrah, 7% mataro, 5% cinsault. Detailed winemaking to get to that very precise blend. I would love to see the process live. Plush, velvety red of easy seduction, round tannins, good extension of sweet-spicy fruit flavours. Scents of dark plum, black olive, wild mint, warm pavement. The palate set to darker fruit but riding on a flow of cool, fresh acidity that lifts the wine and raises drinkability. Levity in red wine. Come hither stuff." - 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 : Grenache (76%), Syrah (12%), Mataro (7%), Cinsault (5%)
ABV : 13.6%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
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.

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