In a nutshell: A bright, elegant and creamy South Australian rosé.
The lowdown: Ricca Terra's Ashley Ratcliff is a champion of grape varieties suited to a dry mediterranean style climate and that's what goes into this very appealing rosé. An Italian influenced blend of 60% Negroamaro and 40% Nero d'Avola, of which 10% are femented in large old oak barrels adding to the complexity of the finished wine. It's light cherry in colour and has a refeshing watermelon aromas and a lick of cream soda on the palate together with a hint of campfire smoke. All the flavours build together into a long and refeshing finish.
When to drink: A stylish drop of rosé with a just touch of richess, it'll go beautfully with seafood and shellfish off the barbie, or perfectly well just by itself.
Ricca Terra Farms is a unique and truly special cluster of vineyards based around Barmera South Australia. The vision of founders Ashley and Holly Ratcliff back in 2003 was to identify and nurture grape varieties that suited a Mediterranean climate. Today Ricca Terra Farms is one of the leading producers of alternative wine grape varieties in Australia.
As a viticulturist, Ashley Ratcliff knew that not only were some of the best Riverland vineyards undervalued but that many were planted to the wrong varieties for the climate. Over the last few years, these vineyards have come on stream with varieties like Montepulciano, Touriga, Arinto, Fiano and Nero D'Avola to name but a few.
Ashley's Ricca Terra range are vibrant, quirky, cleverly made wines that 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 the region.