Ruggabellus Fluus 2017

The cuvee name ‘Fluus’ is kind of onomatopoeic to me. Fluuuuusssss. Such flow. Such drinkability. A lush blend of 60% grenache, 24% mataro, 15% syrah, 1% cinsault of which a portion would have been Timaeus, but the Timaeus wine was ‘declassified’ as, to paraphrase winemaker Abe Gibson, the grenache block presented too much in the way of green flavours, which he links to a wet spell in the growing season. Whatever the case, no Timaeus from 2017. Fluus gets bolstered, however. And it’s a cracking drink for the bucks.

Texture is important here, so silky, soft too, feathery tannins just a breeze over the slosh of dark plummy fruit and then a kiss of almost tactile, peppery spice. Lovely stuff. It has that sense of heartiness without tipping into full on, supple in the mouth and dreamy with its kiss of sweet fruit and herbal stuff to close. Just so. A delightful balance between the richness and freshness. So. Easy. To. Drink. And fantastic.

Tasted : OCT18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $27
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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