In a nutshell: A succulent, juicy and very drinkable South Australian red.
The lowdown: For each vintage Tabula Rasa wines are made with a selection of South Australian fruit that's really thrived during that season thus ideal for a making juicy and welcoming wine which is exactly the objective here. For 2018 three quarters of the blend is ripe and brambly Grenache sourced mainly from McLaren Vale along with a little Shiraz, Mataro and Carignan. It might be 14.5% ABV, but still has a nicely mellow body and is deliciously drinkable. Made with as little intervention as possible it's lip-smackingly crunchy, full of vibrant black cherry fruit and with a touch of exotic spiciness on the finish.
When to drink: In an eye catching 500ml, crown capped bottle put in the fridge fo half an hour before serving and it'll be perfect with either grilled meats from the barbie, or a pizza in front of the TV.
Founders Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan, both holders of the gold standard Master of Wine qualification, met over a beer on the evening before the MW 1st year course and since then, there has been a certain inevitability that they would, one day, make wine together.
Wild & Wilder is all about good clean wines. Working hand in hand with their carefully chosen band of growers, they craft wines of excellent quality made from great fruit, grown with a lot of love by people who have a real passion for their art. For Giles and Fergal, who also make the highly regarded Thistledown Wines, being involved in and directing every stage of the process from bud burst to bottling means that all Wild & Wilder wines have been meticulously cared for from the vineyard onwards.