Ricca Terra, Bronco Buster, Riverland, Australia 2019


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Viticulturist Ashley Ratcliffe has worked absolute wonders with this hugely undervalued area of Australia planting grape varieties which have never been here before but that are thriving in this Mediterranean climate. A perfect example of pushing boundaries and defying limiting beliefs – making an exceptional wine in an area which is not known for such. The Ricca Terra wines are vibrant, quirky, cleverly made and have deliciousness as their raison d’etre. More than that though, they are a beacon for the future sustainability of a previously much derided region and it is to Ashley’s credit that other serious producers are now taking fruit from here.

A blend of Italian grape varieties Fiano and Greco make up the majority of this wine. Fiano contributes a fragrant flavour and Greco gives a crunchy acidity. A hint of Artino, an indigenous Portuguese grape variety, is added, it is the newest grape variety at Ricca Terra Farms and known for it’s soft citrus character. All of these grape have a common theme, they have an ability to hold loads of natural acid when grown in a warm climate. They are all hand pruned and hand harvested.

A beautifully balanced wine with floral characters and notes of lemon zest and rose petals. The palate is deftly balanced with fresh acidity and great length.

Perfect with barbequed prawns, lobster or clams.

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