2023 Lucy M Barbera e Nebbiolo72910587962
WINEMAKER: Anton van Klopper
REGION: Adelaide Hills, SA
VARIETY: Barbera, Nebbiolo
The Farms: The Barbera is from Zerella and the Nebbiolo is from Brackenwood in Hope Forest, with young vines on deep red clay. How the wine is made: The fruit ferments carbonically as whole bunches for four days. The Nebbiolo is pressed to age in ceramic eggs, and the Barbera goes to barriques. Notes: Hedonistic rambunctiousness with the enchantment of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. Fresh, rich, dark cherry fruits with savoury tannin longing their way across your tongue.
Anton van Klopper’s commitment to making wines without any additions and his unwavering, unapologetic attitude have made him a pinup boy of natural wine — not just in Australia, but internationally. His craft of natural wine is a straightforward exercise: it involves vinifying grapes, and grapes alone, without any additions whatsoever. Few debates in wine have been so charged or divisive but Anton’s approach remains on course.