Blind Spot King Valley Barbera 2015 is no longer available

This is a carousel with zoom. Use the thumbnails to navigate, or jump to a slide. Use the zoom button to zoom into a image.

Out of stock

Blind Spot King Valley Barbera 2015

Red Wine from Australia - Victoria
0 star rating 0 Reviews
The Blind Spot range has been revamped with a fresh new look, and now sports a label designed by Melbourne-based modern artist Siobhan Donoghue. This wine is brand new to the range: a barbera from Australia's ‘little Italy', King Valley. Notes of black cherry and leather with ripe but firm tannins and a juicy fresh finish. A great unexpectedly easy-drinking red snapped up by our man-on-the-ground Mac Forbes.
is no longer available
Code: AU19321

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Barbera
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Screwcap

Victoria

Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.

It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards.

Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the...
Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.

It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards.

Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the coast. It also embraces a fair chunk of the Murray Darling region where irrigation makes the vast expanses of vineyard a possibility and from where three quarters of the state’s grape yield derives.

The Yarra Valley is a short car ride to the north of Melbourne, and has a wide selection of tourist diversions to prove it. It also has an array of excellent estates and vineyards at various elevations and in a variety of soils, from clay and sand to volcanic. Rediscovered in the 1960s and prized for its cool nights and warm, sunny days, it has become synonymous with excellent pinot noirs and elegant, intense chardonnays that are doing much to reclaim Australia’s reputation for the variety. Shiraz has also proved a success in a more restrained style.

To the south of Melbourne, and benefiting fully from an unrelenting oceanic influence on its doorstep is the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and Port Phillip Bay on three sides, and moderated by the breezes these expanses of water generate the summer climate on the peninsula is for the most part temperate. This is a region of small estates producing some of the most elegant and refined pinot noirs in the new world let alone Australia. The soils vary from volcanic deposits to sandy clay and after pinot noir there is fine chardonnay and an increasing volume of pinot gris. Close to Melbourne the area of Geelong enjoys a windy, maritime climate but is slightly warmer, making plump pinot and some delicious shiraz and chardonnay.

In the north-east lies one of the great wine regions of Australia, though it is not shiraz, or chardonnay nor riesling for which it is famed, but rather the muscat grape, made into a fortified treasure that is unique to the area and which is one of Australia’s great vinous jewels. Rutherglen Liqueur Muscats, and Muscadelles, can hold their head up in the company of any great port, sherry or Madeira for their rich, complex, silky and concentrated character. The summers here are torrid, the landscape arid and the grapes full of sugar. And the red table wines made are dense, brooding examples that are improving all the time. But it is the joyous fortifieds that steal the show.
Read more

Blind Spot

The Blind spot range of wines is made exclusively for us by renowned Australian winemaker, Mac Forbes. The way we work with Mac has evolved over time. For the last decade or so Mac had been seeking out parcels of wines from his extensive book of contacts and choosing those that showed delicious potential to bottle for us rather than seeing them disappear into the obscurity of big brand blends. They were far too good for that and the popularity of the range proved time and again that Mac’s judgements were spot on.

Now, the situation has evolved, and we have taken advantage of Mac’s unique position, knowledge on the ground, contacts books, and his undoubted and enviable talents to seek out great grapes for him to make wine from rather than sourcing wines that are already made. We fund the purchase of the grapes, often paying for them more than 12 months in advance of the wine being available, which is a first for The Wine Society and gives Mac the opportunity to be first in line to select fruit from vineyards he is excited about. The advantages are manifold. We get the winemaking of a talented, indeed renowned, winemaker; we have greater involvement in what gets made and how; there is better traceability of the fruit and how it is grown; and the wines can express their terroir when appropriate. It’s a win-win-win, and dare we say it, win, situation!

We have reduced the range size too, giving us greater and clearer focus, and allowing Mac to highlight the...

The Blind spot range of wines is made exclusively for us by renowned Australian winemaker, Mac Forbes. The way we work with Mac has evolved over time. For the last decade or so Mac had been seeking out parcels of wines from his extensive book of contacts and choosing those that showed delicious potential to bottle for us rather than seeing them disappear into the obscurity of big brand blends. They were far too good for that and the popularity of the range proved time and again that Mac’s judgements were spot on.

Now, the situation has evolved, and we have taken advantage of Mac’s unique position, knowledge on the ground, contacts books, and his undoubted and enviable talents to seek out great grapes for him to make wine from rather than sourcing wines that are already made. We fund the purchase of the grapes, often paying for them more than 12 months in advance of the wine being available, which is a first for The Wine Society and gives Mac the opportunity to be first in line to select fruit from vineyards he is excited about. The advantages are manifold. We get the winemaking of a talented, indeed renowned, winemaker; we have greater involvement in what gets made and how; there is better traceability of the fruit and how it is grown; and the wines can express their terroir when appropriate. It’s a win-win-win, and dare we say it, win, situation!

We have reduced the range size too, giving us greater and clearer focus, and allowing Mac to highlight the progressive and innovative approach of the best Australian winemaking as appropriate, while nodding to the heritage of the country and its history of creative blends and classic varieties.

You don’t have to be eagle-eyed to notice, too, that we are taking a fresh, and perhaps ‘funkier’ approach to our labelling of these wines, with the info and story upfront. It’s a striking departure and one that celebrates the future without losing sight of the past. This is a range we’re excited about, one that will offer some deliciously intriguing variety from Down Under.

Read more

Australia Vintage 2015

South Australia had a mixed 2015, with a cool start to the season but a warm finish that meant the harvest came all at once, and some wineries felt the pressure on tank space. Drought pressure continues to be an issue in many parts of SA too.

Victoria and Tasmania, meanwhile, had a near perfect vintage, with moderate spring rainfall and a warm summer with no extreme spikes. A dry and cool March lead to a very clean and easy harvest.

Western Australia has had a decade of good vintages, but 2015 was a little trickier mainly due to birds devouring the lion’s share of the grapes in some vineyards, and poor flower set thanks to rain or hail. The grapes that did make it to harvest, however, look excellent but yields are significantly down.

New South Wales endured an indifferent vintage in the main, with rain at inopportune times. Canberra and Orange were the only areas to report success on any scale, though the best wineries wherever they are will have made the right decisions to achieve the ...
South Australia had a mixed 2015, with a cool start to the season but a warm finish that meant the harvest came all at once, and some wineries felt the pressure on tank space. Drought pressure continues to be an issue in many parts of SA too.

Victoria and Tasmania, meanwhile, had a near perfect vintage, with moderate spring rainfall and a warm summer with no extreme spikes. A dry and cool March lead to a very clean and easy harvest.

Western Australia has had a decade of good vintages, but 2015 was a little trickier mainly due to birds devouring the lion’s share of the grapes in some vineyards, and poor flower set thanks to rain or hail. The grapes that did make it to harvest, however, look excellent but yields are significantly down.

New South Wales endured an indifferent vintage in the main, with rain at inopportune times. Canberra and Orange were the only areas to report success on any scale, though the best wineries wherever they are will have made the right decisions to achieve the best outcome.
Read more

wineanorak.com

Sleek black cherryfruit here with a lovely open personality. This has a smooth quality to thefruit with cherries, tar and herbs. Warm and autumnal with lovely fruitiness.Dark and satisfying.

- Jamie Goode

Newcastle Journal

This black cherry andplum-flavoured grape from north west Italy typically has lots of juicy aciditybut not a great deal of tannin, which means that it may be served just a bitcooler than other reds. This...
This black cherry andplum-flavoured grape from north west Italy typically has lots of juicy aciditybut not a great deal of tannin, which means that it may be served just a bitcooler than other reds. This wine has been given a bit more structure by beingmatured in oak barrels, a trick the Italians often emply, but it remainsrefreshingly fruity.
Read more

- Helen Savage

joannasimon.com

Juicy and supple withlively, bright, plum and cherry fruit, a light dusting of vanilla and toast anda refreshing, almost salty edge. Medium-bodied and good with lamb chops and kidchops (should you have...
Juicy and supple withlively, bright, plum and cherry fruit, a light dusting of vanilla and toast anda refreshing, almost salty edge. Medium-bodied and good with lamb chops and kidchops (should you have any to hand – I did). It was also at ease with butterbeans in a fresh tomato sauce and tolerated artichokes.
Read more

- Joanna Simon

Knackered Mothers Wine Club

Such a clever idea,this: get a tip top winemaker to snap up small-ish parcels of wine for you andsell them under an exclusive label. Made from the Barbera grape usually foundin Italian vineyards but here, ...
Such a clever idea,this: get a tip top winemaker to snap up small-ish parcels of wine for you andsell them under an exclusive label. Made from the Barbera grape usually foundin Italian vineyards but here, it’s put down roots in Australia’s Victoria region.Loves it, too: with gorgeous black cherry fruits, spice and a touch of leather.Ours went down brilliantly with big bowls of Bolognese.
Read more

- Helen McGinn

Wine-pages.com

There's such a rangeof 'alternative varieties' planted in Australia now, and Victoria seems to behome to more than most. Indigenous to northern Italy, this Barbera is typicallydeep and vibrant ...
There's such a rangeof 'alternative varieties' planted in Australia now, and Victoria seems to behome to more than most. Indigenous to northern Italy, this Barbera is typicallydeep and vibrant in colour, and driven by its racy, Indian inky cherry skin fruitthat is bittersweet with the bite of cherry skin tannin and acidity against thesweet flesh of the fruit. There's a pleasing herb or coal dust dry mineralquality to add interest too in a highly quaffable style.
Read more

- Tom Cannavan

independent.co.uk

A fabulous find fromthe Wine Society and part of its Blind Spot range of individual varietal winesfrom small vineyard parcels, in this case from Victoria. Fruity, lively,supple, with real depth of...
A fabulous find fromthe Wine Society and part of its Blind Spot range of individual varietal winesfrom small vineyard parcels, in this case from Victoria. Fruity, lively,supple, with real depth of flavours of black cherries and plums with some oakto give backbone and complexity, it is versatile enough to be chilled withlighter foods, but kept at room temperature for meatier choices. So, that's thebarbecue recipe: fire up and chill…
Read more

Terry Kirby

2015 vintage reviews

Bestselling wines

Back to top