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2015 Ruggabellus Quomodo

Barossa Valley, SA

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

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About
This suite of ‘whites’ from Ruggabellus are distinguished, and the best of orange winemaking in Australia...

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 compare it to the best in world in it's style. 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
Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Riesling dominant here with an 83% holding. There’s semillon (9%) and muscat (8%) also in the blend. It sees around three weeks macerating on skins. Built from five different batches of ferments. This suite of ‘whites’ from Ruggabellus are distinguished, and the best of orange winemaking in Australia (and would hold fort alongside any wines of international high standard of the same style). Indeed these wines are excellent full stop. Outstanding wines and winemaking nous, from select vineyard sites. Quomodo – which translates roughly to ‘in what way?’, and the question is being asked about Eden Valley riesling… Grilled citrus characters, spiced orange, amaro, anise, alpine herbs. Tangy orange-y characters to taste, slight saline tang, lemony acidity, fine chalky tannin profile. Lively number here, dances across the palate, zigs and zags with its savoury-spicy fruit and mineral-charged texture. Feels almost curiously fine boned. Refreshing to boot. Reminscent of the mighty, livelier versions of orange wine from Princic, as opposed to Radikon’s concentrated orange wine styles. Unreal." - 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 (83%), Semillon (9%), Muscat (8%)
ABV : 11.6%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Shipping & Delivery

We ship primarily with Australia Post. Their fast, easy and reliable delivery is completely FREE for any orders of $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.

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