2023 Ravensworth Barbera & Nebbiolo

Bryan Martin's banging Barbera gets souped-up with a little Nebbiolo. It's the perfect Italian-inspired pizza wine.

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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.

"Our tilt at the wonderful Lange blends from Piemonte. Barbera is just so juicy and zesty, the introduction of the more serious Nebbiolo tames this acidity and adds a wash of fine tannin. Like mash and gravy, they just work.
- Bryan Martin (Ravensworth)

Our tilt at the wonderful Lange blends from Piemonte. Barbera is just so juicy and zesty, the introduction of the more serious Nebbiolo tames this acidity and adds a wash of fine tannin. Like mash and gravy, they just work
Technical Notes
Ravensworth 2023 Barbera + Nebbiolo
Collection: Regional
Vintage: 2023
GI: Hilltops
Vineyard source: Grove, Bit of Heaven
Harvest date: 28th March
Processing: Whole berry on skins for 3 -4 weeks
Élevage: 11 Months
Vessels: Older barriques
Vintage conditions: A late bud burst with ample (to say the least) spring rain that dried up at flowering in mid to late December. Some good summer rains that thankfully fried out for harvest.
Bottling date: Feb 2023
Production: 300 dozen
Cellaring: Drink young but will be fine for 3 -5 years at least
Something interesting: Barbera can have up to 9g/l acid at harvest
Drink with: Braised hare

Ravensworth

Bryan Martin is one of the most creative and inquisitive winemakers we've ever met. After leaving his position as winemaker alongside Tim Kirk at Canberra regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, Bryan went full steam in on his own label Ravensworth, which has firmly hit cult status amongst collectors.

He and his wife Jocelyn have a beautiful property outside of Murrumbateman which is home to all of their excellent Estate wines and Bryan also searches surrounding vineyards and out to the Hilltops region to compile his excellent value Regional series of wines. Sustainability and an unwavering commitment to quality across the board underpin the entire operation at Ravensworth. Perhaps best known for his benchmark Shiraz Viognier and textural Rieslings, Bryan is also arguably the country's best producer of Sangiovese and is a true master of the dark art of skin-contact whites.

Bryan embodies everything we love about small artisanal Australian producers. He is humble, irreverent, committed to the pursuit of excellence and always looking to explore. Quite simply, if you see a Ravensworth wine anywhere, you should buy it.

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