Trapping the Troll of Kaiser Stuhl
The 2021 release of Barbarossa is dense, it's black, it's 14.9% alcohol and I can give you no other information, except it is Barossa Valley, exactly 99.2184%.
This wine is about all of the many things that upset todays wine commentators being high in alcohol and bold in flavours. This wine is about the triumph of a wise outcast from the town of Tanunda who found redemption by battling demons and to capture this means Barbarossa will appeal to some and not to others.
The first was released in September, 2016 and there have been several others. Benjamin found just enough of the wine he wanted to make 68 cases.
I wrote a tasting note based on the folk tale of Barbarossa which may help:
'Rumours spread that large black ravens had been seen circling over nearby hills. The sun failed to come out all day. There was an eerie darkness and the moon was the colour of blood. The roosters didn't crow signalling dawn, and the cows weren't sure when to be milked. Fierce winds, hail and lightning suddenly consumed the entire Barossa Valley, whilst an evil glow and strange sounds emanated from Kaiserstuhl Mountain. Everyone knew this was it!'