RICCA TERRA - VERMENTINO 2021
A youthful wine with a palate that is clean and fresh with plenty of length. It has that typical Vermentino aroma of the light salty smell you get when going for an afternoon beach walk.
ORIGIN South Australia
MAKER Ricca Terra
PAIRING Herb sauces like pesto; light, breezy rustic soft cheeses.
Vermentino was one of the very first alternative grape varieties we cultivated and harvested. While almost unknown in Australia a decade ago, our attraction to this variety was its large round golden berries, plus its ability to produce soft textured wines. At Ricca Terra the Vermentino is hand pruned so bud numbers are controlled, therefore maintaining a balanced cropping level. Hand picking this variety is a pleasure due to the large bunches.
The aim is to hand pick at close to 12.5 Baume. Once harvested the grapes are stored in a cool rooms awaiting collection (grapes are transported in a refrigerated truck). At the winery the grapes are gently crushed and allowed to ferment in stainless steel vessels. The fermentation process is done via natural yeast that comes with the grapes to the winery. In addition, no animal products are used to clarify the wine.