Ashley Ratcliff has become synonymous with alternative varieties in Australia and his passionate work in the vineyard is realized when you see the dearth of natural winemakers flocking to his vineyard over the years. Ash decided it was time to explore more of this style of wine himself in 2021 and released a small amount of more avant-garde wines than he has traditionally produced. This invigorating skinsy field blend is composed of hyper-aromatic Zibibbo with acid-driving Grenache Blanc and a bit of textural Vermentino.
The fruit was hand-harvested at the same time and fully-destemmed before being placed into small stainless-steel fermenters. A bit of hand plunging was the only avenue for extraction and keeping the cap wet, fermentation occurred without any additions and after a month on the skins the wine was dry and then pressed back to tank to settle naturally. After another 30 days in tank the wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.