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Dal Zotto Barbera

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The Dal Zotto have a proud Italian heritage and patriarch Otto had a vision to re-create the wines of his beloved place of origin and chose the King Valley. There’s a fair few Italians doing their thing in this Alpine region and the Italian varietals are prospering. Take this Barbera for instance, its full of savoury flavours of roasted meats, fennel seeds and anise before sharp acids cut through the gentle tannins. It would pair perfectly with Italian inspired stews and braises.

Winemaker's Notes

Typically deep in colour for the variety, the bouquet is savoury and rugged, with anise, fennel, roasted meat and liqueur soaked dark plums; the palate is full of serious intent, again showing deep and dark black fruits, with the acidity playing a pivotal role as this low tannin variety provides fine fruit of thrust and cut rather than rugged and drying tannin to conclude; think game and braises and you are on your way to heaven.

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Dal Zotto Barbera

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
87
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Clear, classic barbera red fruits and red plums on the nose; some nutty oak here too, and dark oak spices. The palate's brightly pitched, with crisp red fruits running pure and true throughout. Toasty oak gathers through the back; nicely balanced and ready to drink.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has good varietal expression, with notes of spice and herb to the black fruits, but shortens on the back-palate and finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Good colour, with slightly spicy and distinct mineral complexity; high levels of acid, but with fairly tame tannins; the palate is very long, fine and quite poised on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Briary nose with leathery development. Earthy/mushroomy savoury palate. Tannin/acid in balance. Good structure and length.
Winestate 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Talk about a winery on the rise - these guys are making some very interesting wines. Polished, classy - it's just a great Aussie barbera. It tastes of dark cherries and spice, and it's juicy, semi-tart and savoury. It has the lot going on. There are mouth-puckering tannins too, but in the end it's good not because of its components but because it drinks great. Pair it with pasta cooked with a variety of wild mushroom and you'll be onto a serious winner.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A very attractive example; sweet berry fruit in a red spectrum; soft, fine tannins; good mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Warm, ripe, spicy/jammy aromas; a central core of fruit, but no structure to support it. An odd mixture.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87

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