Ruggabellus Archaeus 2015

archaeusSyrah 79%, grenache 10%, mataro 8%, cinsault 3% and 23% whole bunch in the ferment. First year that some of the home block vineyard snuck in. We’ll see more of it (the old vineyard on the property) in 2016, says Abel Gibson. The property they purchased sits on a patch of very old vines, mixed planted. Exciting. Meanwhile, I asked why Abel’s wines fly, price-wise, in the face of many ‘peers’ who opt to charge relatively highly in comparison. He said he liked the model that Wendouree and Rockford used, as examples, where stable, affordable prices were the norm, despite demand and success. A nice thought.

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Tasted : SEP16
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $44
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2025
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