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2016 Ruggabellus Quomodo

Barossa Valley, SA

A benchmark skin contact white at the very apex of the style in Australia.

$44.00

About
Baseline is, if you like great wine, fine wine, or wine from one of the most progressive and thoughtful winemakers going around, then you’ll find yourself sitting in front of one of these bottles.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Abel Gibson has a rare feel for the dark art of skin contact white winemaking. His instincts and attention to detail yield wines of extraordinary and rare power and precision.

Quomodo is built around a core of intense Eden Valley Riesling. With Riesling as the spine and small inputs from deftly handled Semillon and Muscat adding aromatic highlights and layers of texture, this sits at the top of the pile of Australian 'Amber' wines.

Indeed, Mike Bennie went so far as to call it, "one of Australia’s new era, great white wines."

It's a wine that makes you quiet and contemplative. A very special wine and a unique and important touchstone of the Australian wine landscape.

About Ruggabellus

Ruggabellus - meaning 'rugged beauty' - is one of the breakaway producers of the much written about 'New Barossa' movement. 

A deep connection to the land of the Barossa Valley underpins Abel Gibson's winery. Raised amongst the vines of the Barossa, the cellars of Penfolds and Rockford, with the guidance of local wine legends such as Charlie Melton and his father Rob Gibson, Abel has carved a unique path for his brand.

Ruggabellus focuses on sensitive blends of old vine Syrah, Mataro, Grenache and Cinsault from great old vineyards with freshness and vitality always the key. Oak is never new. Additions are minimal. 

The 'whites' are some of the country's finest examples of skin contact 'amber' wines. The variations on Riesling, Muscat and Semillon that are entirely world class. These are rare and truly authentic Australian wines.

Abel Gibson amongst the rugged Barossa landscape
Abel Gibson amongst the rugged Barossa landscape
Barossa Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"What a suite of wines this 2016 white and 2017 red wine Ruggabellus release is. I’ll go on record saying it’s been the best/most interesting/satisfying collection I’ve seen in the calendar year, to use a pithy landmark in a non-linear scheme. Baseline is, if you like great wine, fine wine, or wine from one of the most progressive and thoughtful winemakers going around, then you’ll find yourself sitting in front of one of these bottles. This is 95% old vine riesling with a splash of the Sallio 2016 semillon and muscat in the mix, for perfume and texture, or seasoning. The riesling component spends two years on lees – something else. About six days on skins too. Always tinkering and re-touching is Abe Gibson, When I think of Abe Gibson’s winemaking I imagine him as if using tiny paintbrushes on those miniature models Warhammer freaks paint on as if a fetish. Regardless, this results in one of Australia’s new era, great white wines. So much going on here in such a compact and succulent frame. Perfume is voluminous showing ginger, honeysuckle flowers, sweet lemon and faint talc-like scents. The palate rushes in a chewy flow of citrus tangled with chalk and almond. There’s bite of acidity under it all too – a thirst-quenching sluice acting as counterbalance to the Flavour Town of primary fruit. It’s delicious, intellectual, fantastic to pore (pour) over, and over." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

For our whites we are attracted to vineyards that are rocky and closer to the sun – for us the white skins play a very important role as we explore a full and more exotic realm of flavour whilst trying to retain natural acidity, a realm of flavour we hope reflects the old, wild and mystical landscape we are lucky to now call our home amongst the hills here.

We have purchased small parcels of fruit from carefully selected vineyards. They range from 220m to 510m elevation and crucially cover a diversity of soil types. We are now the proud custodians of a beautiful old-vine vineyard at 480-510m elevation containing an interesting mix of Riesling, Semillon, Muscat and Syrah. We anticipate it will provide us valuable parcels of fruit for many years to come.

Blend : Riesling (95%), Semillon (3%), Muscat (2%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Abel Gibson hard at work
Abel Gibson hard at work
Barossa Valley, SA
Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $150 or more, or just $9 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mix pack!

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No, not really. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: F5A, 42 Wattle St, Ultimo, 2007

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