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David Hook Barbera

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David Hook is a gun winemaker from the Hunter who makes one of the most brilliant Barbera’s in the country. Dare we say it, one taste and you’ll be hooked, because this seriously sexy Italian is supple and seductive. It’s varietal with cherry and prune but it’s a savoury mouthfeel that makes it the perfect food wine as it would pair brilliantly with either pasta or pizza. The mouthfeel is soft thanks to generous tannins but it retains a firm acid finish. One sip and you’ll be widely gesticulating and shouting ‘Mamma Mia’; Yes, it’s that good.

Winemaker's Notes

The wine is deep crimson red in colour with dry cherry and prune aromas. Savoury flavours dominate the palate which is medium bodied and finishes with a firm acidity accompanied by fine soft tannins typical of this variety.


David Hook Reviews and Accolades


Italy's barber grape tends to make brilliantly coloured reds with bright summer berry flavours, brisk acidity and soft tannins.
David Hook's version ticks all those boxes. But there's another dimension, too, making this easily the best Australian expression of the style that I've tasted.
The fleshy but not plump palate, and smooth, silky tannins make this a more complete, satisfying red without abandoning the varietal character. Hook says that it won the trophy at the 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Show for best dry red table wine made from Spanish or Italian varieties. Chris Shanahan - Australian wine & beer judge, writer & connoisseur, 8 Nov, 2012

expert reviews about

David Hook Barbera

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
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Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A hunch paid off for David Hook, having asked a neighbouring grower to plant barbera a decade ago. This smells of bright, ripe red fruits, some cassis and gently cedary oak in the background. The palate has jube-like richness through the middle, with soft purple-fruit flavours and a bright, upbeat finish. Really approachable.
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The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
Depth and personality. Lots of famey, tannic grunt. Lots of cedary, polished oak. And a good whack of dark, cherried, slightly sour fruit flavour. You want to smell it and you want to drink it. And you especially want to pair it with food.
The Wine Front 2009
92
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Rich, warm commercial style with lots of chocolaty new oak and hints of cherry/red berry fruit. Tannic finish.
Winestate 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Very good wine. The judges got it right. It has a good hit of glossy, cherried boysenberry-like fruit flavour, appropriate cedary oak and lots of bunchy grippy chewy tannin...most of which miraculously dissolves once it's accompanied by foodo. As the wine opens, a pure burst of aniseed shoots forward, ramping the deliciousness higher.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010
92
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
A brilliant blend of barbera grapes from the Hunter and Orange. It combines the deep, savoury, dusty tannin qualities of the former with the lifted, perfumed, bright red-berry fruit of the latter. Quite delicious.
Gourmet Traveller Wine 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bramble, blackberry and spice aromas and flavours; medium-bodied, with controlled tannins on a good finish; Orange/Hunter Valley.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; notwithstanding the complex regional blend, there isn't much to fire the palate or the imagination; just earthy/leafy characters. Orange/Mudgee/HunterValley.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87

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