Ricca Terra Bronco Buster White
4 in stock
Region: Riverland, South Australia, Australia
Grape varieties: Fiano, Vermentino, Greco, and Arinto
Ricca Terra Bronco Buster White is a blend of Fiano, Vermentino, Greco, and Arinto. Bright acidity and crisp citrus fruit is mouthwatering.
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About Ricca Terra Bronco Buster White
Ricca Terra Bronco Buster White is a blend of Fiano, Vermentino, Greco, and Arinto. The Arinto was picked before it was fully ripe to provide the acidity the wine needed. There’s synergy in the blend, reflected in part by its overall fresh, crisp mouthfeel.
Bronco Buster reflects the effort in the vineyard and trust in what winemaker Ashley Ratcliff is doing to continue the path of sustainability. The wine may not appear to be ‘Australian’ from the outside, but it is 100% riding on the new frontier. Arinto is the newest grape to the Ricca Terra farm and was planted in 2015, while the other three varieties have been there since the beginning.
The fruit was hand-harvested the first week of March and left to cold soak at the winery overnight. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks without any additions and was carried out over three weeks’ time. The varieties were all co-fermented to highlight each individual characteristic, but Ashley felt ‘harmony’ was the best method for this rather than singing solos. Post-fermentation the wine was racked off of the gross lees but kept with the fine lees in tank. The wine aged for five months prior to being bottled without fining or filtration and just with a small addition of sulfur and cold stabilization.
About Ricca Terra
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.
In 2003 Ashley and Holly Ratcliff purchased a small 8-hectare vineyard in the Riverland, South Australia. The vineyard was called Ricca Terra (Italian for ‘Rich Earth’). The soils found throughout the vineyard are red earth over limestone, which have the reputation for being very fertile. The primary intent after purchasing the vineyard was to plant grape varieties appropriately suited to Australia’s warming and drying climatic conditions (Chardonnay was not one of these grape varieties). The second intention was to manage their vineyards in a manner that would produce high-quality wines. This resulted in the elimination of machine pruning and harvesting and incorporating organic farming principles. After leaving Yalumba to set up Ricca Terra, Ashley began investigating the potential for obscure alternative varieties in his chosen region. Mediterranean varieties that retain acidity in the heat, such as Fiano and Arinto have struck a chord, as well as Nero d’Avola, Negroamaro, and Tinta Barocca, which thrive in warmer climes.
The Ratcliffs have made a name for themselves initially as the source for many of Australia’s most well-known next-gen wines focused on these alternative varieties. Producers from hours away in McLaren Vale sought out the fastidious farming of the Ratcliffs and their selection of unusual grapes.
Today Ricca Terra’s spread of vineyards is in excess of 80ha, and they are one of the largest growers of climate adaptive grape varieties in South Australia while focusing on the growth of their own estate wines. The Ricca Terra label showcases these interesting varieties and their suitability to the changing (read, warming) climate. Whether straight varietal wines or creative blends, every wine is deliciously approachable and has superb value for money.
In 2021 the Australian wine world took notice of the hard work and determination by awarding Ricca Terra the inaugural Young Gun award for Innovative Vineyard of the Year.