2018 Ruggabellus Archaeus
Syrah through and through here.
From the home block. The one that sits right out the back door of the Ruggabellus homestead, sitting ancient, sentient and strong amongst long grass, flowers and thatches of quartz. A magnificent site at elevation in Eden Valley in the parish of Flaxman’s Valley.
Outrageously good wine. So pure. Levity and freshness. That almost rose water scent meets some cherry and stone fruit characters, unusual and oh so pretty, and there’s a layering of herb, faint earthiness and undergrowth. The palate is incredible – that’s where the magic is. Silky, tightly wound, nervous, but still gives you drinkability, exceptional length, the finest swish of tannins. My word. Mike Bennie - The Wine Front