While still uber youthful, the 2021 Barbera offers plenty of fruit purity with some attractive, savoury top notes, leading to a clean palate with a bright and playful acidity. This is a wine that celebrates transparency above technique. Light, juicy and crunchy, it is the perfect red for summertime and best enjoyed slightly chilled.
There are only about 50 hectares of Barbera planted in SA and, therefore, very few varietal bottlings are made. Barbera is mostly found in Piedmont, Italy, where it is often produced for earlier enjoyment in a fresh and fruity style and is best known for its bright acidity. Produced from fruit grown in Breedekloof (BB1 clone), Reenen only made 4 barrels of this 2021 Barbera. The wine was 100% whole-bunch fermented and then raised in neutral oak to retain its natural, fresh fruit and the tangy, lively acidity.