Barbera is a grape variety that is famous in northern Italy. Catalyst Barbera is true to the style and shows a medium-bodied velvet fleshy palate with savory dark cherry aromas. It is excellent easy drinking now and will improve for a further five years or so.
We source our grapes from Australia’s premier wine regions, and look for varietals which express the unique terroir of a region.
The Orange Region is a cool climate wine-growing area in central New South Wales, and the highest wine region in Australia, extending from 600m to over 1000m elevation. It produces Chardonnay wines of exceptional finesse expressing flavours of peach, apricot, lemon, lime and passionfruit.
New England offers both cool climate vineyards along the spine of the Great Dividing Range to the lower and warmer sites on the western edges of the New England Tablelands. With its varied soil types, the area has become an exciting place to plant alternative varieties. The region also varies with its altitude and many vineyards are located above one thousand metres.
Heathcote is a Victorian wine region renowned for its world-class shiraz. Cambrian red soil and warm summers tempered by cool, southerly winds help produce robust wines of power and weight with great texture.
The Granite Belt is unique in Australia for its combination of cool weather and decomposed granite soils, the cool arid climate and high rock content soil creating conditions which mirror great wine regions elsewhere in the world.