The ‘little white’ sells this wine very, very short. The ethos behind this wine is a mineral-driven, neutral style of Italian white wine that is fresh and crisp with a slight textural component to enhance drinkability. The inspiration came from Ben’s passion for Italian white varieties and the sustainability of many of those in Australia. Vermentino is the perfect vessel for the boys’ vision as it is both fresh and salty, textural edge complimented by Verdelho giving a lemony, citrus pith backbone through the wine. The Vermentino comes from the Ricca Terra farms vineyard in the Riverland as well as the Hiltops vineyard in McLaren Vale. The Verdelho comes from the biodynamically farmed Gemtree vineyard in McLaren Vale.
The grapes were handpicked and were crushed before spontaneously fermenting 15-25 days on full solids in stainless steel tanks. The two varieties were fermented separately without any additions and aged on the lees developing the mineral/oyster shell aromas that makes this wine so refreshing. The wine was racked off of their gross lees and settled and then racked again to tank to blend. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small dose of sulfur used at bottling.