Ruggabellus Archaeus Syrah Mataro Grenache 2012, Barossa Valley, SA

$45 from Prince Wine Store. This is a very different wine from the other two Ruggabellus I tried. A syrah dominant wine, and the weight and darkness of the fruit showcases this well. Intense dark ruby-purple colour, youthful nose of blackcurrants, red berries, sappy oak, and a small ball of crushed dried herbs. A med+ – full-bodied wine, high acidity to keep it fresh till the finish, and smooth compact tannins which will enable it to be kept for some time. Good level of dark berry fruit flavours, a savoury hint towards the finish. 13.7% alc. Overall a good drinking wine, how will it show in 5 years? I’m not sure the depth warrants long-term cellaring. Drink now – 2015. 90/100.

Also look out for the Efferus, a mataro dominant blend.


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I am a neuroscience researcher in Melbourne, Australia with a keen interest in wines of the world.
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