2017 Ruggabellus Sallio

Eden Valley, SA

If you're looking to explore skin contact white wines, there is simply no better place to start than this great value offering from the masterful Abel Gibson.

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Arguably one of Australia’s most important white wines.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

If you were looking to dip your toe in the delightful world of skin contact white wines, Sallio is the perfect introduction to the style.

This is a blend of Muscat, Semillon and Riesling from arguably Australia's best producer of amber wines. With only three days on skins and a long sleep in old wood, drinkability meets complexity here at a great price.

Sallio has all the grippy textural elements that go with the style, but the feeling it leaves you with is one of lightness and freshness to the last drop.

The 2017 vintage recieved an unprecedented 94 points from Mike Bennie who dubbed it, "Wild edged and delicious. Complex, energetic, generally just darn delicious." 

This is Abel Gibson's most popular offering. Stock up while you can.

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
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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 : Semillon (47%), Muscat (37%), Riesling (16%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Abel Gibson hard at work
Abel Gibson hard at work
Barossa Valley, SA
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94Points
The Wine Front

"Arguably one of Australia’s most important white wines. Yep. The landmark skin-fermented wine is (a) affordable, per se and (b) seriously constructed under that affordability banner. It’s a landmark orange wine in Australia for its patient, considered winemaking and release. And we are so damn lucky for it. Semillon dominant with muscat and riesling. Orange and marmalade, curry powder, whiffs of candied citrus, apple-y. My oh my does that bouquet appeal. Palate is chewy, chalky, tight and refreshing but shows depth too. Bergamot tea is strong in this wine too. Wild edged and delicious. Complex, energetic, generally just darn delicious. So much to think on but so much just to guzzle and enjoy. Compelling wine. Again." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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One of the best value wines I’ve tried this year. Complex, delicate, delicious. A true wine lovers wine. Such deliciousness and interest. And that nose!

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Do I have to order in dozens?

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Are there volume discounts?

Yes we offer volume discounts on larger orders. Orders over $499 get a 5% and orders over $999 get a 10% discount. This will be automatically applied during checkout.

How does the price match work?

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I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me?

This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store?

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

Can I special order a wine you do not sell?

If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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