First up: Two Barberas... Piedmont vs. McLaren Vale. Piedmont is Barbera's home where it is the most widely planted grape. It is naturally high in acidity, can produce an incredibly deep black colour and is relatively low in tannins. One such is Ca de Lion's 'Le Muccie' from the top rated DOCG rated Asti region. Saturated black, fruit driven, rich, floral and expressive, this is a wonderful Barbera. Raspberries and blue fruits here mingling with red florals, tarragon and invigorating acidity. A lip smacking food wine. Compare that to the Chalk Hill 2019 McLaren Vale Barbera, which they rate as the best they have produced. Nevermind that the 2018 won the Adelaide International Barbera Challenge, or that the 2006 was rated the Best International Barbera at the Consorzio Internazionale Del Barbera awards. The Chalk Hill is lighter than the Ca de Lion but just as good. There are red fruits and florals along with spice and spine tingling acidity melding into black and blue fruits. Next up, two stunning Grenache based wines from Heirloom McLaren Vale. The Alcala is straight Grenache bringing blackberries, spice, plums, cherry, earthiness and spice. A delicious, complete, complex yet playful Grenache and clearly one of Australia’s best, as it should well be with a price tag of $80 a bottle. Their Anevo, an 80 buck blend of Grenache, Touriga and Tempranillo, is equally impressive. We saw musk, plum skin, spice, cherries, earthiness, Earl Grey tea, blackberry and black pepper. A sense enveloping and incredibly beguiling wine finished with a dusting of fine, powdery tannins. Magical. Next up, Willunga 100's Temp, the equal highest pointed Temp in James Halliday's Wine Companion! A perfumed nose, laden with aromas of black cherries, plum, and spice. The palate is medium bodied and intense with plenty of lip-smacking acidity and super fine tannins on the finish. Finally, a little something from the Adelaide Hills for the Pinotphiles. Zonte' s Dawn Patrol is Adelaide Hills Pinot channelling the Yarra Valley! Blue and purple perfumes lead to a palate with more of the same, then made more serious with tobacco, black cherries and a fine line of tannins. It's deservedly picked up a Trophy and 5 Golds.