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Ricca Terra

2018

‘Daisy Chain’

White Wine   |   Riverland - Australia

About

Ashley is fully committed to investing in Mediterranean grape varieties and discovering how best they suit the demands of the Riverland. He is excited by their unique qualities, ability to adapt to the climate, and of course the drinkability factor! He was constantly asked by his customers, “Do you have a sweet wine?” The standard answer is “Sweet no, but pretty, yes!” The Fiano provides crunchy acid punch to this wine, while the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains gives floral lifts. Like the flowers in a Daisy Chain, Ricca Terra wouldn’t exist without a chain of important people. Ricca Terra’s vignerons and winemakers; bottlers, storage and transportation teams; distributors and sommeliers; and most importantly the customer. The ‘Daisy Chain’ is a way of acknowledging and thanking everyone for their part in our wine journey, from vine to bottle.

To retain the aromatic floral flavors of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, grapes were harvested at around 20º brix, the Fiano a touch riper and then everything was whole-bunch pressed separately to stainless steel fermenters. Wild fermentation lasted between 7-10 days depending on the lot and blends were then made at that time prior to being racked to old French 300L barrels for aging. After six months the wine was settled in tank and bottled without fining and with a light filtration and addition of sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 85% Muscat Blanc à Pettits Grains - 15% Fiano
  • Vineyard: Ricca Terra Estate
  • Vine Age: Average: 16-years-old
  • Soil Type: Shallow, sandy, red loam over calcrete
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Fermentation: Native - Stainless Steel
  • Skin Contact: None
  • Aging: 6 months in neutral 300L French tonneau
  • Residual Sugar: 4.2 g/L
  • pH: 3.27
  • Total Acidity: 6 g/L
  • Total SO2: 122 ppm
  • Total Production: 500 cases

Tasting Note

Rose water, field flowers, and faint touches of honeycomb spill from the glass. The mouth is coated well as some textural feels unfurl with ease. Poached pear fruit rolls through flanked with a cameo of lemon rind before finishing dry with slippery like finish to close it out.

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