WINE REVIEW: Marathon effort from maker
Ashley Ratcliff is an endurance athlete both in his physical pursuits running marathons and work endeavours. Ashley started Ricca Terra farms with his wife Holly in 2003 with the aim of growing grapes that suit a hot, dry, "Mediterranean" climate in South Australia's Riverland. Ricca Terra Farms is now a quality provider of fruit to both big "corporate" companies and individual wine makers. It also produces its own handmade wines under the Ricca Terra label.
2017: A blend of white grapes: Vermentino, Fiano, Greco and Arinto. Aromas of honey, spice, green apple, lanolin, brine, preserved lemon. Fleshy palate of stonefruit, green apple and grapefruit underscored with a chalky, minerally texture. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $22.50 Alc: 12.5%
COLOUR OF CALMNESS
2017: Rose blend of Tempranillo, Nero d'Avola and Negromano. Light cherry, Creaming Soda, Redskin lolly, campfire smoke and parsley leaf. Subtle on the palate without being a simple construct. Rating: 8.5/10 RRP: $22.50 Alc: 12.8%
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2017: Red grape blend of Tempranillo, Lagrein, Nero d'Avola and Negromano. Opaque and inky. Deliciously dark nose of liquorice, cola, plum stones, black fruit pastille and finished with a smoky haze. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $22.50 Alc: 14.2%
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