2018
Ricca Terra Vintners
'Bronco Buster'
White Wine
Riverland

2018
Ricca Terra Vintners
'Bronco Buster'
White Wine
Riverland

In a life before wine, Ricca Terra Farms’ Ashley Ratcliff was a horseman (representing Australia in 1991). Growing up on a farm in the Adelaide Hills, he moved to a small town outside Fort Worth, Texas, where his job was breaking in wild horses. Working with an animal that has no prior connection with a
human, gaining its trust, teaching it to allow a person to climb all over it, and then building a friendship between horse and man is an amazing and rewarding experience.

There are close parallels between breaking in a horse and growing & making alternative grape varieties. Vision, knowledge, trust and patience are required if success is expected, whether that be wine or horse. Get it wrong and you are sure to be bucked off!

Four white grape varieties are used to make this wine. Vermentino was chosen for its ability to produce great wine in a warm dry environment and was the first white Mediterranean grape planted at Ricca Terra Farms. Fiano was planted purely for its fragrant flavor and Greco to give a crunchy acid punch. Arinto was the special element…the newest grape variety at Ricca Terra Farms.

The varieties selected to make this wine all have a common theme, they have an ability to hold loads of natural acid when grown in a warm viticultural climate. All the varieties are hand pruned and hand harvested. Harvesting occurs in early March. Immediately after harvest the grapes are stored in a refrigerated room before being transported to the winery.

Three of the grape varieties were co-fermented (Vermentino, Fiano and Greco). The Greco was harvested before it reached full flavor maturity, which gives this wine a tight acid zing. The wine was fermented without any additions and aged for seven months in stainless steel, after which it underwent a light filtration prior to bottling.

A wine of fine chalky, bony texture. A wine of green melon, nashi pear, lime juice scents. A wine of lean but refreshing green melon/white pear fruit flavors with a distinct, talc-like mineral aspect. It’s crisp, clean, refreshing. It’s a summery white of high charisma.

  • Region: Riverland
  • Varietal: 45% Fiano - 37% Vermentino - 13% Greco - 5% Arinto
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Ricca Terra Estate
  • Vine Age: Varied: Average 10-years-old
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Soil Type: Well-Drained Red Clay with Silt Deposits
  • Alcohol: 12.2%
  • Oak: None - 7 months in Stainless Steel
  • Production: 1,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
RIVERLAND

In the Riverland, grape growers and winemakers are encouraging new styles and making full flavored wines that are popular the world over. Set within a panoramic backdrop of limestone cliffs, with their layers of color and texture, the Riverland follows the twists and turns of the Murray as it rolls toward the Ocean. Learn More »

RICCA TERRA VINTNERS

RIVERLAND

That the Riverland region of South Australia is now being re-imagined and reinterpreted is, in part, due to the efforts of one man - Ashley Ratcliffe. As a viticulturist, he knew that not only were some of the best Riverland vineyards undervalued but that many were planted to the wrong varieties for the climate. Learn More »

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