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|Grapes||Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
The Riverland wine region of South Australia is making a splash on the scene, thanks to the efforts of sustainable growers and winemakers alike, both old guard and new. Growers like Bruce Bassham and Ashley Radcliffe have led the charge with old Italian grape varietals, practicing organic viticulture and dry farming their vineyards whilst producing pristine examples of fiano, vermentino, nero d'avola, montepulciano and the like. One of the most exciting young winemakers to watch is 30-something winemaker Con-Greg Grigoriou, founder of Delinquente Wine Co. Born and raised on a vineyard in the Riverland, his father was the manager of production at one of the local bulk wineries. Con-Greg's approach is to focus on sustainable Southern Italian grape varieties that need less water and thrive in the Riverland’s warm, dry climate. They are organically grown, single vineyard fruit, complemented with a minimal intervention winemaking approach including natural, open ferments, and no additions in the winery besides a touch of SO2.
‘Roxanne the Razor’ melds the Calabrian grape, negroamaro (90%), with the Sicilian nero d’Avola (10%). Both grapes fare well in hot, dry Riverland, and managed to thrive in spite of a challenging vintage. Here the combination is surprisingly lithe: bright and sassy, it positively explodes with juicy mulberry, blueberry, and tart cherry. Notes of crushed herbs, cracked pepper, spices, and smoke wrap around a taut, crunchy frame that just screams to be paired with food! Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.