Absolutely Nails this Variety in the Australian Context
Postcards 'Busy Farmer' Langhorne Creek Barbera 2013
Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
Of the four Postcards that winemaker Nicholas Bourke has created for Glug, I find the McLaren Vale Shiraz the easiest to recommend as it is a known quantity. However, this 'Busy Farmer' Barbera is the most profound and technically perfect.
Barbera has its home in Italy and I have enjoyed the many versions for decades. Barbera was planted in Mudgee in the 1980s but it was hard work getting customers interested. Italian wines are currently very popular in restaurants and if our sommeliers can think outside their fetish for all things Italian they will find some profound examples in Australia.
Purchasing a wine such as this does remove you from the mainstream, and thankfully many Glug customers love that position, but remember this wine is Australian first and Langhorne Creek second so you will not be rushing to the spittoon after the first taste. Indeed you will be like most advanced tasters. When wines are masked, only the best identify the variety and next to none will be correct with the district of origin, so please have no fear, this is a very enjoyable wine. If you drink it next to another red then the 'I see' moment will happen.
I might also add that Langhorne Creek is a very important district and the reds being produced are still unrecognised for their quality. This will change over time.
Glug sees part of its role as bringing new wines to your attention and we are delighted with this creation by Nic Bourke.
My tasting note from 10/12/2013 reads: "Bright crimson colour right to the edge, appealing ripe berry aroma but dusty and complex and says to me 'this is Italian', with a touch of the feral oddity of this variety, big full mouthful with length and grip but not aggressive, a hall mark feature of a Bourke wine, builds on the palate but lively and complete".