2012 Australian reds: Top 30 under £30

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If you've dismissed Australian reds as all tasting much the same, then 2012 will change your mind. Welcome to a vintage of great structure, balance, distinct varietal character and real sense of place. Nick Stock chooses his top 30 wines, all under £30...
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Ruggabellus, Efferus, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Ruggabellus, Efferus, Barossa Valley, South Australia
19.25/20pts (97/100pts)
Two Mataro (Mourvedre) sites are blended with 15% Syrah and 9% Grenache. Just 2,466 bottles made. Dark plums, red fruit, coal tar and earthy aromas with citrus peel, spice and a gamey, savoury note. The palate is laced with pepper and spice, dark slate and minerals and squeaky tannins. Juicy, upbeat and yet soulfully assembled. An elegant yet deceptively structured rendition of the Barossa Valley.
Price: POA Indigo Wine
Drink 2019–2030
Alc 13.7%

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