Enough of the French wines; though I do have an 06 Domaine des Croix on the tasting bench. Perhaps tomorrow. Anyway, the Ruggabellus has a very snappy label, which tells us 1776 bottles were produced of a blend of 58% Mataro, 27% Genache, 11% Syrah and 4% Cinsault. And it’s 13.7% alcohol, which I did find appealing, and it’s sealed under screwcap. And the bottle is old school, no punt and relatively light at 341 grams; I would guess the carbon footprint is well and truly down on this number. Made by Abel Gibson, son of Rob Gibson (Gibson Wines, also in the Barossa).
Consumed over two nights. Night #1: the wine opens with confection and sweet fruits, youthful blackberries and red liquorice, bright exotic spices, and touch of clean earth. Palate is light, red cherries, red currants and light plums, dull white pepper and old Szechuan pepper. But there is some pippy bitterness too. Bright acid on the finish. Nice body but a bit simple – we will see what the other half of the bottle reveals. Night #2: still showing spice and sweet fruit, red liquorice and old pepper notes. Nicer balance on the palate, with softer acid, but still some pippiness. Needs a few years I reckon for the puppy fat to disappear. Drink 2014+. 88 points. $25 from the cellar door.