JR Classic Barbera 2019
Jordan River Wines
Region: Mafraq Plateau

Tasting Notes

Medium-bodied, ruby red, with beautiful aromas of blackberries, plums, black pepper and a hint of cinnamon. Delicious red fruit flavors with a fresh, crisp finish.

Barbera is a red Italian wine grape variety that produces good yields and is known for deep colour, full body, low tannins and high levels of acid. When young, the wines offer a very intense aroma of fresh red cherries and blackberries. In the lightest versions, there are notes of cherries, raspberries and blueberries. In wines made of more ripe grapes, blackberry and black cherries dominate. Many producers employ the use of toasted oak barrels, which provides for increased complexity and aging potential.

Based at an altitude of 840 meters region, dominated by an extinct volcano, the Mafraq Plateau in the northern region of Jordan is the most fertile land in the country. The wine industry, created in 1975, sees all of the countries two wineries based at Mafraq.

Over 40 types of world-renowned vines, of the best quality, thrive in the mineral rich volcanic soil of the Basalt Desert. Not knowing what works in Jordan, all forty are growing in this ideal mixture, ultimately producing elegant wines. The rain and melting snow, flowing off the 1800m-high Jabal Al-Arab, travels under the volcanic desert surface and accumulates in 400-meters deep aquifers. This water is brought to the surface and used to supply the 120 hectares of ‘dry-farmed’ vineyards.

Fermented in stainless steel tanks at a maximum of 19°C for two to three weeks.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Barbera

Classification: N/A

Orientation: N/A

Appellation: Mafraq Plateau

Gradient: 840 masl

Soil: Volcanic basalt

Farming Practices: Dry-farmed from aquifers 400 metres beneath the vineyards.

Residual Sugar: <2 g/l

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 4.2 g/l

Other Practices: Sustainable