Paradise IV and Ruggabellus New Releases
Abel Gibson seems to embody the new generation of Barossa vigneron, carrying our most established region into the 21st century. His thoughtful, quietly spoken commentary on the history and pedigree of the region is compelling. Abel’s philosophy looks to express the terroir of the Barossa, the wines are matured without any new wood and with varying degrees of whole bunch. These are brilliant wines, they seem to contain an elusive element which draws you back to the glass time and time again. They are simultaneously expressive of their origin, beautifully food friendly and eminently drinkable. Purity is not a word often used to describe the wines of the Barossa, but Ruggabellus has it in spades.
Abel and Emma regard themselves as custodians, and it is satisfying to see the new generation thoughtfully treat our vinous heritage with respect and vision.
Doug Neal has worked tirelessly to transform Paradise IV into one of the icons of the region. This relatively unknown estate a decade ago has emerged as one of the benchmarks of Geelong Chardonnay and Shiraz. The wines combine power and elegance – built for the long haul these are unashamedly medium bodied with fine acidities and savoury characters.