Although Australian examples of barbera are few and far between, I do recall a comment by an old wine lecturer who said; "I've never drunk any good Australian barbera, if anyone knows of any, let me know." Well Stuart, I might have found something...
A winery famous for its ability to make wine out of practically every grape conceivable, Brown Brothers' 2005 Barbera presents a slightly meaty fragrance of peppered red berries and cola. Well made and evenly balanced at this price, its medium-bodied, juicy flavours of savoury red fruits and tobacco reveal a soft influence of vanilla oak. Underlying tangy notes and intensifying spice characters build into its prickly finish with firm, dusty tannins and lively acids. There's good flavour definition and genuine vibrancy throughout the palate, without any over-ripeness.
ü Italian inspired but Australian made, this is a fine red for the BBQ. Drink to 2011.